Speakers 2019
Young Energy Researchers

Maryam Akbari

  • Research Assistant, Sustainable Energy Research Laboratory (SERL), University of Alberta, Canada
  • Research experience in gasification and torrefaction of various biomass wastes/residues and in economic and life cycle analyses of biomass valorisation pathways
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Engineering Management specialisation), University of Alberta, Canada

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Jean Materne Ango

  • Junior Consultant, ERECE SARL, Cameroon
  • Research experience in electrical engineering, photovoltaic and thermal solar energy and in production of rural domestic fuels from biomass (charcoal, biogas, biofuel)
  • Master‚Äôs degree in Renewable Energy Engineering (solar energy), University of Maroua, Cameroon

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Katrin Anneser

  • PhD student, Bavarian Centre for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern), Germany
  • Recipient of the PhD Scholarship of the DBU (German Federal Environmental Foundation) (2015-2018)
  • MSc and BSc in Physics, Julius-Maximilians-Universit√§t W√ľrzburg, Germany

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Mattia Baldini

  • PhD candidate on modelling energy systems while integrating renewable energy sources and additional energy savings, Technical University of Denmark 
  • Previously, Teaching Assistant for the modelling and analysis of sustainable energy systems using operational research
  • MSc in Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark 

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DraŇĺen Balińá

  • Senior Researcher, Energy Institute Hrvoje PoŇĺar, Croatia
  • Working on national and international projects related to energy system modelling, assessment of RES impact on operation strategies of existing and future generation assets, district heating/cooling systems
  • PhD student, MBA in Energy Economics, University of Rijeka (Croatia), MSc in Mechanical Engineering, University of Zagreb, Croatia

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Dastan Bamwesigye

  • PhD candidate, Economics and Management of Renewable Resources, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic
  • Previously, Academic Assistant and PhD Researcher on forestry economics and governance, deforestation, climate change, biomass and renewable energy
  • MSc in Regional Development, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic

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Alessia Borgogna

  • PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering, Sapienza Universit√† di Roma, working with the company Processi Innovativi, Italy
  • Research experience on modelling thermochemical conversion of fuel (biomass and waste) and microfluidic device fluid dynamic modelling
  • MSc in Chemical Engineering, Sapienza Universit√† di Roma, Italy

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Bojana  Bradińá

  • Junior Researcher, National Institute of  Chemistry, Department of catalysis and reaction engineering, Slovenia
  • Previously, Process Technologist in the production of milk and dairy products, Imlek, Serbia
  • PhD student in Chemical Engineering, University of Maribor, Slovenia

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Bharat Chhugani

  • Research Assistant, Bavarian Centre 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 of Kassel (Germany), BEng in Mechanical Engineering, IITE Ahmedabad (India) 

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Paraskevi Vivian Dorizas

  • Project Manager, Building Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)
  • Previously, lead knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) Associate in low energy ventilation systems, Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, University College London (UCL), UK 
  • PhD in Indoor Environmental Quality, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Greece

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Géremi Dranka

  • Assistant Professor, Universidade Tecnol√≥gica Federal do Paran√° (UTFPR), Brasil
  • PhD student in the field of energy planning,  University of Minho, Portugal
  • Master‚Äôs degree in Electrical Engineering, Universidade Tecnol√≥gica Federal do Paran√° (UTFPR), Brasil 

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Alex Epik

  • Senior Consultant SEC "Biomass" 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 
  • MSc and BSc in Thermophysics

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Jens Ewald

  • Research Assistant, Environmental Economics Unit, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Previously, Associate Researcher, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • MSc and BSc in Economics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

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Steve Zhi YI Foong

  • PhD Researcher, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Research experience in the field of sustainable palm oil, focusing on the entire value chain of palm oil industry
  • MEng in Chemical Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Malaysia

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Sonali Goel

  • Research Scholar, Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), Siksha ‚ÄėO‚Äô Anusandhan, Bhubaneswar, India
  • Work experience in renewable energy, hybrid energy, biomass and solar photovoltaic systems
  • PhD in design and performance characteristics of solar PV hybrid energy systems for rural applications, MTech in Power and Energy Systems, BTech in Electrical Engineering

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Janne Hirvonen

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, working on building energy modelling and seasonal thermal energy storage, Aalto University, Finland
  • Board Member of the Finnish Ecomodernist Society
  • Doctor of Science in HVAC Technology, Aalto University (Finland), MSc in Applied Physics and Renewable Energy, University of Jyv√§skyl√§ (Finland) 

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Matija Hrupańćki

  • Project Leader, North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency (REGEA), Croatia
  • Work experience on EU projects in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources
  • Master‚Äôs degree in Industrial Engineering, University of Maribor, Slovenia

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Hemanathan Kumar

  • Researcher on feedstock and technologies, Neste, Finland
  • Research experience in the field of biofuels, biorefinery and purification techniques
  • PhD in Applied Chemistry, University of Jyvaskyla (Finland), MSc in Energy and Material Recovery in Industrial Biotechnology, University of Boras (Sweden) 

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Pierre-Olivier Lemire

  • PhD candidate on the science and engineering of lignocellulosic materials and Lecturer, Universit√© du Qu√©bec √† Trois-Rivi√®res, Canada
  • Founder of the biotechnology start-up Algom√©ga 
  • Master‚Äôs degree in Environment, Bachelor's degree in Geomatics and Geography

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Anton Lis√Ĺ

  • PhD student, Department of Wood, Pulp and Paper, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Research experience on extractives and lignin isolation and valorisation
  • MSc in Natural and Synthetic Polymers, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia

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Saim Memon

  • Senior 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 and Buildings, Loughborough University (UK), MSc in Mechatronics, Staffordshire University (UK), BEng in Electrical Engineering, Mehran UET (Pakistan)

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Ashton Mpofu

  • Research Assistant, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa
  • Previously, Lecturer, Research and Teaching Assistant, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa  
  • MEng in Chemical Engineering, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa

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Colin Nolden

  • Vice-Chancellor‚Äôs Fellow, Law School and Cabot Institute for the Environment, University of Bristol, UK
  • Expertise on renewable energy and energy efficiency policy, regulation and business models, carbon markets and mobility
  • PhD in Geography and MSc in Sustainable Development, University of Exeter (UK), BA in Geography and History, University College Dublin (Ireland)

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Luigi Francesco Polonini

  • PhD student, University of Brescia, Italy
  • Research Assistant in the field of pellet combustion
  • Master‚Äôs degree in Mechanical Engineering

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Javier Sandoval

  • Customer Success Analyst, S2G, Mexico
  • Work experience as research intern at the International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG), √Čcole Polytechnique de Montr√©al, Canada
  • BSc in Sustainable Development Engineering, Tecnol√≥gico de Monterrey, Mexico

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Adriana Santamaria Padilla

  • Master student in Science in Energy and Environment, Universidad Aut√≥noma Metropolitana (UAM), Mexico
  • Research Assistant in development and analysis of micro-cogeneration systems with gas turbine, simulation of power cycles, energy audits, thermodynamics process and modelling and simulation of systems
  • Bachelor‚Äôs degree in Energy Engineering, Universidad Aut√≥noma Metropolitana, Mexico

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Nushin Shahri

  • Energy Expert, Allpan, Austria
  • Work experience in industry energy efficiency auditing (brick, cement, oil and gas)
  • MSc student in Renewable Energy Systems, Technische Universit√§t Wien (Austria), BSc in Urban Renewable Energy Technologies, FH Technikum Wien (Austria)

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Rashmi Singh

  • Research Scientist, National Institute of Solar Energy, India 
  • PhD student on the characterisation and diagnostic of high efficiency photovoltaic modules in composite climate of India
  • MTech in Energy Management and BEng in Electronics and Communication Engineering 

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Anna Strandberg

  • Senior Research Engineer, Thermochemical Energy Conversion Laboratory, Ume√• University, Sweden
  • PhD in Energy Technology and MSc in Energy Engineering, Ume√• University, Sweden

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Rita Sturmlechner

  • Researcher, BIOENERGY 2020+, Austria
  • Previously, Research Assistant, Bundesamt f√ľr Wasserwirtschaft (Austrian Federal Office of Water Management), Austria
  • Graduate Degree in Theoretical and Applied Geography, Universit√§t Wien (Austria), BSc. in Chemical and Process Engineering, Technische Universit√§t Wien (Austria) 

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Ashma Subedi

  • Environmental Expert, CARD Consult, Nepal
  • Previously, Research Assistant, Jiva Urban Agriculture System (JUAS), Nepal
  • BSc (Honours) in Environmental Science, Kathmandu University, Nepal

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Thota Sai Praneeth

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali, India
  • Previously, Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, India
  • PhD in Alternate Sustainable Energy, MTech in Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Instrumentation, MSc in Chemistry

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Ariel Xian Toh

  • Academic Researcher on ecological modelling to assess industry energy-environment impacts 
  • STEM lecturer for sustainability studies and systems engineering 
  • MSc Sustainable Energy

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Aristeidis Tsakiris

  • Programme Officer, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, Denmark
  • Previously, Research Assistant at UNEP DTU Partnership, Demnark
  • MSc in Sustainable Energy and Energy Savings, Technical Universiry of Denmark (Denmark), Bachelor‚Äôs degree in Mechanical Engineering, Technological Educational Institute of Crete (Greece)

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Lakshmishree Venu Gopal

  • Traineeship, Transsolar Climaengineering, Germany
  • Work experience as a climate and energy consultant for sustainability, indoor and outdoor comfort in the built environment
  • MSc in Climadesign, Technical University of Munich (Germany), Bachelor‚Äôs in Architecture, University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE), Bangalore University (India)

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Kamlesh Yadav

  • Research Scientist, National Institute of Solar Energy, India
  • Research experience in solar photovoltaic based system
  • PhD student in Energy and Environment, TERI School of Advanced Studies, (India), BTech in Electronics and Communication, College of Engineering and Rural Technology (India)

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