Speakers 2018

Maura Adams

  • Program Director, Northern Forest Center, USA
  • Environmental Stewardship Manager, St. Paul’s School, USA
  • Master’s in Environmental Management, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, USA; BA in History and Biological Aspects of Conservation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Antoine Aslanides

  • Vice-Chairman of the Partnership Board of the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Public Private Partnership 
  • Senior Advisor for the EDF Group, European Affairs
  • PhD in Solid State Physics, Paris University, France; Master’s degree in Science and Engineering Degree in Mechanics 

Speaker of the Technology Innovation Conference: Energy and Buildings

Eneritz Barreiro Sánchez

  • Energy Efficiency Project Manager and Marketing Manager, Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain
  • More than 10 years experience in the fields of sustainable and low energy building and cities design
  • Master’s degrees Thermal Engineering and in Advanced Construction Techniques and Energy Efficient in Buildings; Bachelor’s degree in Architecture

Speaker of the Technology Innovation Conference: Energy and Buildings
Workshop Speaker of the Technology Innovation Conference

Scott Bax

  • Senior Vice President Operations, Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Canada
  • Chair of the Safety Committee, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
  • Master’s degrees in Business Administration and in Forestry, University of Alberta, Canada

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

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

Luca Bertalot

  • Secretary General of the European Mortgage Federation - European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC) 
  • Previously, financial analyst in Italy and Australia 
  • Degree in Economics and Financial Markets, University of Rome, Italy

Speaker of the Technology Innovation Conference: Energy and Buildings

Renée Bruel

  • Senior associate energy efficiency, European Climate Foundation
  • Previously, senior policy officer climate and energy, Dutch Ministry for the Environment, Denmark
  • Master’s degree in Human Geography, Utrecht University, Denmark 

Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Economy Conference

Baerte de Brey

  • Chief International Officer, ElaadNL, The Netherlands
  • Professional experience in analysing long-term effect of electric mobility on electricity grids, sustainable e-mobility business cases, vehicle2grids, EV-storage and customer behaviour research.
  • Degree in Law, Leiden University, NL; MBA, Nyenrode Business University, NL

Speaker of the E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference

Daniel Büchner

  • Researcher at the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ)
  • Research focus on thermo-chemical conversion
  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and degree in Engineering, HTWK Leipzig, Germany

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Stefan M. Büttner

  • Head of International Affairs & Strategy, Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Previously, Senior Policy Advisor, International Partnership on Energy Efficiency Cooperation, France
  • Degree in International Economics, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany

Speaker of the Technology Innovation Conference: Energy and Buildings

Alix Chambris

  • Director EU public affairs for Danfoss; Vice-president of EuroACE and EU-ASE
  • Long term experience in EU policy making and business with a strong focus on energy and climate policy 
  • Master’s degree in Economics (College of Europe) and a Master’s degree of the Institute of Political Science at Science-Po Strasbourg

Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Economy Conference

Ute Collier

  • Senior Programme Leader, Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency
  • Previously, Team Leader, Committee on Climate Change, UK
  • PhD in Energy Policy, University of Sussex, UK

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Cristina Corchero

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

Speaker of the E-Mobility & Smart Buildings 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 of the Technology Innovation Conference: Energy and Buildings
Workshop Speaker of the Technology Innovation 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 Economy Conference

Ion Dogeanu

  • Executive Director, AEEPM – Local Energy Agency Bucharest, Romania
  • Previously, Executive Director of Public Services, Bucharest District 1, Romania
  • Master's degree in Business and Territorial Management, University D’Artois, France

Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Workshop

Xavier Dubuisson 

  • Managing Director and Senior Consultant, XD Sustainable Energy Consulting, Ireland
  • Previously, Senior Consultant in sustainable building and passive house design, Delap & Waller EcoCo, Ireland
  • Degree in Agricultural Engineer, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium; MSc In Management for Agricultural Development, Cranfield University, UK

Speaker of the Technology Innovation Conference: Energy and Buildings

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 E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference
Speaker of the Technology Innovation Conference: Energy and Buildings

Stan Elliot

  • Chairman of PFI (Pellet Fuels Institute-USA); Director of Sales-Pacific Coast Pellets, USA
  • 15 years professional experience in the Wood Pellet industry
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration,  Lundquist College of Business -  University of Oregon, USA 

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Rainer Elste

  • Professor in Business Administration, Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Director, Steinbeis Consulting Center Sales and Marketing Institute (VMI), Germany
  • Doctorate in Business Administration, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Marie-Laure Falque Masset

  • Director, Energy and Ecological Transition Department,  IAU Energy department ARENE, France
  • Member of the Horizon 2020 Energy Advisory Group
  • Degrees in Economics, Energy Economics and Policy, and Business Management

Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Workshop

Manfred Faustmann

  • CEO, Windhager Zentralheizung, Austria 
  • Professional focus in the field of environmentally friendly capital goods and renewable energies 
  • Long term experience as independent partner for entrepreneurial potential analyses and proactive marketing for SMEs 

Speaker of 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 of the E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference

Daniel Frohnmaier

  • Project Manager, Geonardo Environmental Technologies, Hungary 
  • Work experience in the development of corporate mobility plans and company solutions
  • MSc in Environmental Science, University of Hohenheim (Germany) and University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

Speaker of the Technology Innovation Conference: Energy and Buildings

Sabine Froning

  • Managing Partner, Communication Works - Banek, Froning Reise, Germany
  • Previously, Vice President PRA & Media Relations, Vattenfall Group, and Managing Director, Euroheat & Power
  • Degree in Translation, Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln, Germany

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Javier Gil Barnó

  • R&D Director Biomass Department, National Renewable Energy Centre (CENER), Spain
  • Previously,  Head of Thermochemical Applications Service, CENER, Spain 
  • Doctorate in Chemical Engineering, University of Zaragoza, Spain

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Markus Gölles

  • Area Manager Automation and Control, Bioenergy 2020+, Austria
  • Experience in the fields of modelling and control of thermochemical, thermotechnical and biotechnological processes and systems, cross-sectoral energy and resource management
  • PhD in Control Engineering, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Chairperson of the European Pellet Conference

Nathalie Hemeleers

  • Policy advisor, AEBIOM
  • Previous professional experience on international energy issues, European Commission, DG Energy
  • Master’s degree in  International Business and European Studies, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Toshiro Hirota

  • Guest Professor, Environmental Research Institute, Waseda University, Japan
  • Operating Agent of IEA PVPS Task17 "PV and Transport"
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Hokkaido University, Japan

Speaker of the E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference

Anton Hofer

  • Product Manager and Head of Marketing, Hargassner, Austria 
  • Over 35 years experience in the biomass sector 
  • Degree in Engineering 

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

René Hyde

  • Trader, CM Biomass Partners, Denmark
  • Previously, Trader and Head of Wood Pellet Department, RWZ, Germany

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Sophie Jablonski

  • Senior Energy Specialist, European Investment Bank, Luxemburg
  • Previously, Research Associate, Imperial College Centre for Environmental Policy, UK 
  • PhD in Energy Technology and Policy, Imperial College London, UK; M.Phil. in Environmental Science, University of Cambridge, UK; MSc in Engineering, École Centrale Paris (France)

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, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; Degree in Economics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Economy Conference

Lukas Kranzl

  • Senior Researcher, Energy Economics Group, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
  • More than 15 years of experience in research on sustainable energy systems with a focus on heating and cooling, buildings, scenario development and optimisation of policy instruments 
  • PhD in Energy Economics and Degree in Industrial Engineering, Technische Universität Wien, Austria

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Jose Ramón López

  • Head of International Department, EVE, Basque Country/Spain
  • Long-term experience in the management of EU-funded energy efficiency and renewable energy research and innovation projects 
  • Engineering Degree, University of the Basque Country (UPV), MBA in International Trade, Spanish Institute of  Foreign Trade, Spain 

Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Workshop

Robert Mack

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

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Alan Meier

  • Professor in Environmental Science and Technology, University of California, Davis, USA; Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Previously, Senior Energy Advisor, International Energy Agency, Paris
  • Doctorate in Energy and Resources and BA in Chemistry and Economics, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Speaker of the Technology Innovation Conference: Energy and Buildings

Frank Mischler

  • Project Coordinator, Deutsche Gesellschaft für  Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany   
  • 10 years experience in the field of food security and human rights, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
  • Masters’ degrees in Environmental Management and Economics

Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Workshop

Brian Motherway

  • Head of Energy Efficiency, International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Previously, Chief Executive, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • PhD in Sociology, Trinity College, Ireland and Master’s degree in Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Economy Conference

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 and chairperson of the European Pellet Conference

Daniel Muschick

  • Senior Researcher, Bioenergy 2020+, Austria
  • Previously, university assistant for control and automation technology, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • PhD in Control Engineering and Automation Technology and Engineering degree in telematics, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Jyri Nieminen

  • Chief Sustainability Officer, Sweco, Finland; Coordinator of the H2020 Project MODER
  • Previously, Key Account Manager, VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland
  • MSc in Thermal Engineering, Tampere University of Technology, Finland and  eMBA, Helsinki School of Economics, Finland

Speaker of the Technology Innovation Conference: Energy and Buildings
Workshop Speaker of the Technology Innovation Conference

Christian Noll

  • Managing Director and Co-initiator, "Deutsche Unternehmensinitiative Energieeffizienz" (DENEFF), Germany
  • Previously, campaigner for energy-efficient products, Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND), Germany
  • Degree in Communications, Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany 

Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Economy 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 of the European Pellet Conference

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

Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Workshop

Vlasios Oikonomou

  • Senior Expert, Joint Implementation Network and Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy, The Netherlands
  • Coordinator of several EU-funded  projects, including PUBLEnEf 
  • PhD in Energy Economics, Degrees in Environmental Economics and Economics

Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Workshop

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

Suhas Patel

  • Investment Partner and Advisor, Agro Briquettes, India
  • Experience in the fields of biomass densification for effective industrial uses and groundnut shell briquettes production
  • Master's degree in Telecommunication, ISEP – École d’ingénieurs du numérique, France

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Robert Pfarrwaller

  • CEO, Rexel Austria, Austria
  • Previously, Director General and Chairperson, Philips Austria
  • Studies in Business and Trade

Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Economy Conference

Francisco Puente

  • Project and 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 Technology Innovation Conference: Energy and Buildings

Olga S. Rakitova

  • General Director and Chief Editor of the magazine "The Bioenergy International.Russia"; Executive Director of the National Bioenergy Union, Russia
  • Previously, bioenergy director in the Wood Industries Confederation of North-West Russia
  • Master in Management,  specialisation in woodworking and forestry, St. Petersburg; MBA, Reutlingen University of Applied Science, Germany

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Christian Rakos

  • CEO of proPellets Austria and  Save Energy Austria 
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the European Pellet Council
  • Doctorate in Technical Physics, Technische Universität Wien, Austria

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Peter Rathje

  • Managing Director, Project Zero, Denmark
  • Work experience in managing industry transition projects
  • Partner of the EU H2020 Project REFURB 

Speaker of the Technology Innovation Conference: Energy and Buildings
Workshop Speaker of the Technology Innovation 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, Universidad Politénica de Madrid, Spain

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Esti Sanvicente

  • Senior Innovation Strategist, LGI Consulting, France
  • Previously, Project Manager, Energy Cluster Association of the Basque Country, Spain
  • PhD in Energy and Environmental Engineering, Insa de Lyon (France) and University of New South Wales (Australia); MSc in Industrial Engineering, Universidad de Navarra (Spain)

Speaker of the Technology Innovation Conference: Energy and Buildings
Workshop Speaker of the Technology Innovation Conference

Kay Schaubach

  • Researcher and Project Manager, Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ), Germany
  • Experience in renewable energy project development, VORTEX Technologies
  • Degree in Media Sciences, Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Christoph Schmidl

  • Scientific Advisor,  Bioenergy 2020+; Programme Director "Renewable Energy Systems and Technical Energy Management", FH Wiener Neustadt, Austria
  • Previously, Unit Head Small-scale Combustion Systems, Bioenergy 2020+, Austria
  • Doctorate in Technical Chemistry, Technische Universität Wien, Austria

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Christian Schraube

  • Researcher at EIFER, Germany 
  • Over 10 years experimental work in the areas of CHP, fuel cells, small-scale biomass boilers and solar thermal
  • Degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University Munich and the University of Karlsruhe 

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Michael Schubert

  • Head of Sales Development for solar energy technologies and markets, Fronius International, Austria
  • Previously worked for  Siemens, Austria
  • Degree in Electrical Engineering and Communications Engineering, TU Wien, Austria

Speaker of the E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference

Detef Schumann

  • Lead Consultant in Digital Transformation and Idea Coaching, fastahead, Germany
  • Over 20 years of consulting experience in the fields of energy industry, mobility concepts and smart cities
  • Degree in Business Administration and Management, Fachhochschule Ludwigshafen, Germany 

Speaker of the E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference

Klaus Peter Sedlbauer

  • Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics, Germany; Spokesperson of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance
  • Professor of Building Physics, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Doctorate in Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Germany, Degree in Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

Speaker of the Technology Innovation Conference: Energy and Buildings

Emil Sopper

  • Head of Unit Wood Pellets, BayWa AG Energie, Germany
  • Previously, various management positions in the energy division of BayWa AG, Germany

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Jan Steinbach

  • Managing Director, Institute for Resource Efficiency and Energy Strategies (IREES), Germany
  • Senior Researcher and Project Leader, Fraunhofer-ISI, Germany
  • Doctorate in Economic, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) and  MSc in Business Engineering,  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) and Maastricht University (NL)   

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Holger Streetz

  • Director and International Operations Manager, Bathan AG, Switzerland
  • 10 years experience in the field of renewable energies
  • Doctorate in Law, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and Degree in Business Administration, European University Viadrina, Germany 

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 E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference

Rami Syväri

  • Acting Vice President, Fortum Charge & Drive, Norway
  • Many years experience in e-mobility infrastructure, market expansion and  business and consumer solutions 
  • MBA, Aalto University School of Business and Helsinki School of Economics, Finland  

Speaker of the E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference

Hannes Tuohiniitty

  • Sector Manager, Bioenergy Association of Finland, Finland; Director of the Board, AEBIOM
  • Previously, Executive Director, Finnish Pellet Energy Association; Sales manager, Finnish pellet heating company, Finland
  • Bachelor’s in Agriculture, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland 

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Ali Vasallo

  • Researcher and Project Coordinator, Fundación CARTIF, Spain
  • Associate Professor, University of Valladolid, Spain 
  • Doctorate in Industrial Engineering, University of Valladolid, Spain

Speaker of the Technology Innovation Conference: Energy and Buildings
Workshop Speaker of the Technology Innovation Conference

Matthias Vetter

  • Head of Department Electrical Energy Storage, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
  • Contact for battery systems, Fraunhofer Battery Alliance
  • Doctorate in Electrical Engineering, Universität Karlsruhe, Germany

Speaker of the E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference

Zsolt János Viharos

  • Senior Research Fellow, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary; Researcher, John von Neumann University, Hungary 
  • Experience as Project Manager and Sponsor for many basic-, applied research and development projects 
  • PhD in Mechanical Sciences, MBA and degree in Mathematical Engineering

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Lotte Visser

  • PhD Candidate, Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Previously, Junior Researcher, Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • MSc in Sustainable Development, Energy and Resources, BSc in Chemistry

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Anne-Katherina Weidenbach

  • Policy Officer, European Commission, DG ENER-C3
  • Previously, Assistant Head of Section, Bundesnetzagentur, Germany, and Co-Chair, ACER CAM Task Force
  • Master’s degree in Law

Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Economy Conference

David Wortmann

  • Founder and CEO, DWR eco, Germany; Initiator of the Eco Innovation Alliance
  • Previously, Head of Department, Energy and Environmental Technology, Germany Trade and Investment (GTAI / BMWi); Director of World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE)
  • Degree in Cultural Studies (Diplom-Kulturwirt), Universität Passau, 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 Universität Wien, Austria

Speaker of the Technology Innovation Conference: Energy and Buildings