Speakers 2018
Young Energy Researchers

Michael Ahimbisibwe

  • Research Assistant, National Crops Resources Research Institute, National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO), Uganda 
  • Previously, procurement and marketing officer, School of Agriculture Students chicken project 
  • MSc in Renewable Energy and Bachelor‚Äôs degree in Environmental Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda

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Shruti Athavale

  • Energy Expert, Austrian Energy Agency (AEA), Austria
  • Work experience in renewable energy, energy efficiency and international development cooperation projects 
  • MSc in Environmental Technology and International Affairs, Technische Universit√§t Wien and Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria; BA in International Development, Universit√§t Wien, Austria

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Mostafa Atwa

  • Assistant Lecturer and Research Assistant, Building Technology Department, German University in Cairo, Egypt 
  • Research experience in the fields of PVT, solar cooling, renewable technologies for buildings in hot climates, passive architectural measures and building energy simulation/modelling 
  • MSc in Architectural Engineering, Al-Azhar University, Egypt 

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Archishman Bose

  • Master‚Äôs student in Environomical Pathways to Sustainable Energy Systems, EIT InnoEnergy Masters School, Politecnico di Torino, Italy 
  • Work experience as construction and commissioning engineer and piping design engineer, Linde India Limited, India
  • Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering, Jadavpur University, India 

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Nayab Bushra

  • Research Assistant, Technische Universit√§t Berlin, Germany
  • Previously, research assistant, Active Space Technologies, Germany 
  • MSc in Renewable Energy, BSc in Electrical Engineering (Electronics)

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Bushra Chalermthai

  • PhD student, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, UAE
  • Work experience as climate change intern, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Thailand 
  • MSc in Water and Environmental Engineering, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, UAE; BSc in Environmental Science, Mahidol University International College, Thailand

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Souran Chatterjee

  • PhD Researcher, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, Central European University, Hungary 
  • Work experience as economist, Advanced Building and Urban Design, Hungary and as researcher, Centre for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP), Central European University, Hungary 
  • MSc in Economics, University of Calcutta, India

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Bharat Chhugani

  • Scientific Employee, Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern), Germany
  • Previously, intern in the field of energy-optimised buildings, ZAE Bayern Germany 
  • MSc in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, University Kassel, Germany; BEng in Mechanical Engineering, IITE Ahmedabad, India 

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Eleonora Cordioli

  • PhD candidate in Sustainable Energy and Technologies, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
  • Experience in research on the valorisation of biomass gasification by-products, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
  • Master‚Äôs degree in Energy Engineering, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy; Bachelor‚Äôs degree in Energy Engineering, Universit√† degli Studi di Padova, Italy 

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Alex Epik

  • Senior Consultant and Researcher, Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU)
  • Work experience in the fields of climate change issues and energy policies and of pyrolysis and solid biomass combustion investigation, Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, NASU, Ukraine 
  • Master‚Äôs and Bachelor‚Äôs of Science in Thermophysics

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Maria Gilbert

  • Research Assistant and PhD candidate, Institute of Thermal Engineering, Technische Universit√§t Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
  • Research experience in combustion of biogenic fuels, corrosion of heat resisting steels and refractory concretes in combustion gases and gasification atmospheres
  • Degree in Environmental Engineering, Technische Universit√§t Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany 

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V S K V Harish

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Energy and Environment, TERI School of Advanced Studies, India 
  • Work experience as lecturer on solar, numerical methods and building energy modelling 
  • PhD, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee; ME in Power Engineering, Jadavpur University; BE in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, MDU Rohtak, India

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Joshua Raj Jaganathan

  • Researcher and postgraduate student, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia
  • Research experience on the synthesis of task specific ionic liquids for the desulfurisation of fuel oil and removal of dye
  • BSc in Material Science, AIMST University. Malaysia

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Peliwe Jubase

  • Junior Project Coordinator for Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, Sustainable Energy Africa, South Africa
  • Experience as research assistant and analytical chemist, SA Agulhas 
  • Bachelor‚Äôs degree in Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences and Master‚Äôs in Climate Change and Sustainable Development (in progress), University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Sooridarsan Krishnan

  • Research officer and postgraduate student, Centre of Research in Ionic Liquids, University Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia
  • Research experience in the fields of microbiology, molecular biology, plant bioprospecting and employing green technology for renewable energy research
  • BSc in Biotechnology, AIMST University, Malaysia

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Marija Krstic

  • PhD Candidate, research assistant, adjunct lecturer and graduate assistant, City College of New York, USA
  • Research experience on recycled post-consumer glass as supplementary cementitious material for high performance concrete 
  • MSc in Structural Engineering, The City College of New York (USA) and University of NiŇ° (Serbia); BSc in Civil Engineering, University of NiŇ° (Serbia) 

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Jimmy Anderson Martinez R.

  • Researcher, Institute of Biotechnology and Agroindustry, National University of Colombia at Manizales, Colombia
  • Experience in the field of techno-economic and environmental evaluation of biorefineries using coffee residues and lignocellulosic residues with recirculation schemes of microorganisms
  • Degree in Chemical Engineering, National University of Colombia at Manizales, Colombia 

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Saim Memon

  • Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, London South Bank University, UK
  • Researcher in sustainable building energy technologies, vacuum insulated glazing systems and solar thermal energy applications
  • PhD in Energy & Buildings, Loughborough University, UK; MSc in Mechatronics, Staffordshire University, UK; BEng in Electrical Engineering, Mehran UET, Pakistan

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Isah Mohammed 

  • Lecturer, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi, Nigeria
  • Postdoctoral research associate, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Malaysia
  • PhD and MSc in Chemical Engineering, University of Nottingham (UK); BEng in Chemical Engineering, Federal University of Technology Minna (Nigeria)

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Carsten Palkowski

  • PhD candidate, Technical University of Munich, and expert for energy efficiency in heating and cooling systems, BAM - Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Germany
  • Previously, research associate on ecodesign and energy labelling (BAM), fuel cell research (Volkswagen), and power diagnostics (Siemens Energy)
  • MSc in Regenerative Energy Systems, Technical University of Berlin, Germany; BEng. In Mechanical Engineering, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund, Germany

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Soumya Pandit

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (ZIWR), Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
  • Research experience in the fields of environmental biotechnology and algal biomass production for food, feed, biochemicals and biofuels 
  • PhD in Bioenergy, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India

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Anna Partridge

  • MSc student in Energy Systems, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
  • Work experience as research assistant in hydrothermal carbonisation, Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland) and as Intern Research Assistant in biomass torrefaction, Schatz Energy Research Center (USA) 
  • BSc in Engineering Science, Smith College, USA

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Ksenia Petrichenko

  • Senior Advisor, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, UNEP DTU Partnership, Denmark
  • Previously, building policy analyst, Global Building Performance Network (GBPN), France
  • PhD and MS in Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Hungary; MA in Economics, Higher School of Economics, Russia

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Eduardo Antonio Pina

  • PhD student in mechanical engineering, University of Zaragoza, Spain
  • Previously, researcher on the integration of thermal energy storage into district heating and cooling systems to increase the solar fraction and renewable energy sources (DISTRITES project) 
  • MSc in Energy, BSc in Energy Engineering

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Mirzokurbon Pochchoev

  • Postgraduate student, Tajik Technical University, Tajikistan; energy efficiency expert, group for the environment, renewable energy and solidarity (GERES) 
  • Work experience in the fields of energy efficiency and passive solar energy in buildings, sustainable rural development projects and as senior teacher at Tajik Technical University, Tajikistan
  • Master‚Äôs degree in Heating and Ventilation

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Raju Pokharel

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Idaho, USA
  • Experience in the fields of wildfire, future carbon accounts, bioenergy, forest product market, transportation system optimisation and biomass utilisation for bioenergy production
  • PhD in Forest Resources, Mississippi State University (USA); MBA, University of Sunderland (UK); MS in Environmental Sciences, Tribhuvan University (Nepal)

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Gabriel Reichert

  • PhD student, Graz University of Technology, Austria and Researcher in the field of biomass small-scale combustion systems, Bioenergy 2020+, Austria 
  • Previously, research associate, University of Applied Forest Sciences Rottenburg, Germany 
  • MSc in Renewable Energy Systems & Technical Energy Management, University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt (Austria); Engineering Degree in Applied Forest Sciences, University of Applied Forest Sciences Rottenburg (Germany), 

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Alireza Talaei

  • PhD Candidate in Engineering Management/Energy and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Work experience as sustainability scholar, City of Edmonton (Canada), energy and environmental research engineer, University of Utrecht (NL) and project coordinator, Department of the Environment, United Nation Development Program 
  • MSc in Carbon Management, University of Edinburgh (NL); MSc in Energy Systems Engineering, Sharif University of Technology (Iran)

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Franz Theuretzbacher

  • PhD student, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Austria and researcher, University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt for Business and Engineering, Austria 
  • Experience in research projects in energetic use of residual biomass and energy markets 
  • MSc in Material and Energetic Exploitation of Renewable Raw Materials; BSc in Environment and Bio-Resources Management, BOKU, Austria 

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Patrik ҆uhaj 

  • PhD student, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Work experience at Slovnaft, Slovakia 
  • MSc in Chemical Engineering, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia

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Ariel Xian Toh

  • Academic Researcher on ecological modelling to assess industry energy-environment impacts 
  • Experience in systems engineering methods and decision modelling for sustainable development targets
  • MSc Sustainable Energy (on-going) 

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Oleksandra Tryboi

  • Junior Researcher and PhD candidate, Bioenergy Department, Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Experience in the assessment of biomass potentials, identification of biomass-to-energy value chains and sustainability criteria for biofuels
  • Master‚Äôs degree in Heat and Power Engineering, National Technical University of Ukraine, Ukraine

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Freek Van Riet

  • PhD student, Research Group Energy and Materials in Infrastructure and Buildings, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Experience as research assistant on micro-CHP and design of combined heating and domestic hot water systems
  • MSc in Biosience Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

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Valerija Vrńćek Habazin

  • Project Leader, North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency, Croatia
  • Work experience on EU projects in the field of renewable energy and on bioenergy concepts 
  • Master‚Äôs degree in Project Management, University of Applied Sciences Baltazar ZapreŇ°ińá, Croatia

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Michael Zellinger

  • Junior Researcher, Bioenergy 2020+, Austria
  • Previously, junior product manager, ENGEL Austria; Design Engineer, Andritz Hydro, Austria
  • MSc in Renewable Energy Systems & Technical Energy Management, University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt (AT); BSc in Innovation Engineering & Management, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (AT)

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