Speakers 2009

Rudi Anschober
  • Regional Minister for Energy, Austria
  • Opening Address





Antti Asikainen

  • Professor in forest technology, Finnish Forest Research Institute Metla
  • National team leader in IEA’s task 31

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Marcello Antinucci

  • Since 1999, director of the Modena Energy and Sustainable Development Agency
  • Graduated in Physics at Bologna University

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficient Cooling of Buildings

Daniel Becker

  • Senior consultant at Ecofys, Berlin
  • Head of the international consultancy work team of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency
  • Area of expertise: political environment and the development of stable commercial market structures

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

Pieter Boot

  • Since September 2008, director of the Office of Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology, International Energy Agency
  • Since April 2008, director of the International Energy Agency’s Long-Term Co-operation and Policy Analysis Office
  • Deputy-General for Energy in 2004
  • Director for Energy Strategy and Consumption (Ministry of Economic Affairs) in 2001

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

Veit Bürger

  • Since 2003, deputy coordinator of the Energy and Climate Division of the Oeko-Institut Freiburg
  • Since 2005, consulter of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in the development of an improved support framework for RES-H
  • Specialist in national and international issues of energy policy, mainly instruments for enhancing environmental sustainability in liberalized energy markets

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Ian Crosby

  • Since 2008, principle advisor on Sustainable Energy and Cleaner Production, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Developed IFC's Sustainable Energy Finance Program in Russia in 2002

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficiency Services

Annick Delhaye

  • Presidency Fedarene, Vice President, Region Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Gerhard Dell
  • Energy Commissioner to the Upper Austrian Government
  • Director of O.Ö. Energiesparverband
  • Member of the Austrian National Committee of the World Energy Council
  • Chairman of the Austrian committee (Ministry of Economy) on Energy Labelling
  • Lecturer at the University of Linz
  • Dr. Gerhard Dell has a degree (Dipl.-Ing.) and a post-graduate degree (PhDengineering, Dr.tech.) in Electrical Engineering and Energy Economics. He worked as researcher on renewable energy sources and energy efficiency projects at the Technical University Graz.

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficiency Services

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

Harald Drück

  • Since 1999, head of the research centre for solar technologies ITW at the University of Stuttgart
  • Consulter of public and private clients
  • Author / co-author of more than 100 publications

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficient Cooling of Buildings

Paul Dykes

  • Manager of Sustainable Energy Ireland's (SEI) Renewable Energy Information Office (REIO)
  • Joined SEI in 2001 from the UK's Evironment Agency

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Christiane Egger
  • Deputy manager of the O.Ö. Energiesparverband
  • Conference director of the World Sustainable Energy Days
  • Lawyer and environmental engineer with long-term experience in developing and implementing sustainable energy projects on international and regional levels

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficient Cooling of Buildings

Henk van Elburg

  • Representing SenterNovem, Dutch agency for energy, innovation and the environment
  • Marketing specialist in energy efficiency
  • Primarily involved in supporting the introduction of smart metering in the Netherlands from a consumer point of view

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficiency Services

Martin Elsberger

  • Since April 2006, policy officer in the Directorate General for Energy and Transport of the European Commission
  • From 2000 - 2006, deputy head of unit at the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport and Technology in Munich

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficient Cooling of Buildings

Werner Emhofer
  • Since 2004, sales area manager for new export markets, Fröling
  • Diploma in Business Administration, University of Linz

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Stan Elliot

  • Director of sales & marketing for Bear Mountain Forest Products, USA
  • One of the founders of A3 Machinery, which is focused on introducing and selling European biomass machinery into the US marketplace
  • 25 years professional experience in Sales/Marketing
  • Degree in Business Management, University of Oregon

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Mariangiola Fabbri

  • Energy Policy Officer at WWF, European Policy Office in Brussels
  • Political scientist in Italy, France and Canada
  • MSc in European Environmental Law and Policies and MSc in Advanced European Political Studies

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

Manfred Faustmann
  • Director of Windhager Zentralheizung GmbH
  • Director of Windhager Zentralheizung Vertriebsholding GmbH
  • Activities of several years in the oil, gas and automotive industry in Europe, North America and Asia

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Dan Freihofer

  • Vice President of Operations, American Biomass Corp.
  • Before, Vice President of Operations for Johnson and Dix
  • Served for six years on the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Lennart Granstrand

  • Founder and CEO of Svensk Rökgasenergi
  • Business Development, Product Development, Marketing

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Katarzyna Grecka

  • Vice-President of the Baltic Energy Conservation Agency (BAPE) Management Board
  • Specialist in energy planning, RES implementation and energy efficiency issues in housing and public buildings

Speaker at the Conference Regional Biomass Action Plans

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Ruben Guisson

  • Researcher at the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO)
  • Research in the areas of European, national and regional biomass policies. Energy from biomass, Renewable resources, Rational Use of Energy.
  • Active in several regional, European and international projects

Speaker at the Conference Regional Biomass Action Plans

Reinhard Haas
  • Professor at the Institute of Electric Facilities and Energy Industry at the Vienna University of Technology
  • Research in the areas of dissemination strategies for renewables, sustainable energy systems, liberalisation vs. regulation of energy markets, energy figures and scenarios
  • Coordination of national and European projects
  • More than 80 publications (books and magazines)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Jan Habart

  • Chairman of Czech Biomass Association (CZ Biom)
  • Junior Scientist at the Czech University of Live Science Prague, Faculty of Agro-environmental Chemistry and Plant Nutrition

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Anders Hall

  • Since 2006, representing Sweden in ES-SO (the European Solar Shading Organisation)
  • Since 2006, active for ES-SO in an EU project for "Sustainable Summer Comfort" and for passive solutions in cooling
  • Since 1993, working in the solar shading industry in the Nordic countries

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficient Cooling of Buildings

Fiona Hall

  • Vice-President Eufores
  • Since 2004, Member of the European Parliament, member of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee
  • Since 2008, ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrates for Europe) Shadow for the Renewables Directive

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

Morten Tony Hansen

  • Since 2008, Senior Project Manager at FORCE Technology, Denmark
  • 2006-2008: Employed with the Danish Energy Agency, focus on building energy efficiency and the Building Energy Certification Scheme
  • In 1995, MSc in Engineering

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Josef Heizinger

  • Since 2000, Director Management Board Linz AG
  • Managing director of Linz Strom GmbH for power generation and distribution and telecommunications
  • Since 2004, as well managing director of Linz Gas/Wärme GmbH for natural gas and heat supply

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficiency Services

Rolf Hennes

  • Department for sustainability at KfW Bankengruppe; responsible for product development, product launch and monitoring, main focus on energy efficiency of buildings and renewable energy
  • Bevore, active as surveyor for the KfW Bankengruppe in the sector of civil engineering

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficiency Services

Paul Hodson

  • Since 1995, DG for Energy & Transport, European Commission
  • Before, head of transport policy at Manchester City Council and transport policy manager at Reading Borough Council
  • Degree in history from Cambridge University

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Jonas Höglund
  • Employee by Svebio as an expert on pellets and biofuels
  • Taking over the duties within the Association of Swedish Pellet Producers (PiR)
  • MSc in Forestry and University Diploma in Biology

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Volker Holtkämper

  • Director of the department of timber industry at the "Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz Nordrhein-Westfalen", Germany
  • Vice chairman of the information and demonstration centre "Erneuerbare Energien e.V."

Speaker at the Conference Regional Biomass Action Plans

Bernhard Holzer
  • Head of the export department at Windhager Zentralheizung
  • Energy adviser at O.Ö. Energiesparverband
  • Technical college for mechanical engineering, technical equipment and installation

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Günther Huemer

  • Managing director of Guntamatic Heiztechnik
  • Focus in the field of innovative biomass boilers
  • Speaker at all important biomass conferences in the German speaking area

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Tomas Isaksson

  • Stora Enso Timber, Sweden

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Vasco Janeiro

  • Since 2007, Project Officer at the European Commision, Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI)
  • Before, adviser on climate change and energy efficiency at Eurelectric, Brussels
  • MSc in Engineering & Industrial Management, Technical University of Lisbon
  • Master of Arts in International Politics, Free University of Brussels

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficiency Services

Amado de Jesus

  • Founding chairman of the Green Architecture Movement of the United Architects of the Philippines
  • Member of the board of judges of the ASEAN energy awards
  • Secretary of the College of Fellows of the United Architects of the Philippines
  • Graduated in Architecture, University of Santo Tomas, Manila

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficient Cooling of Buildings

Martin Junginger

  • Assistant professor at the Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University
  • Coordinator of the IEA Bioenergy Task 40 on Sustainable International Bioenergy Trade
  • PhD in May 2005

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Sebastian Köck

  • Since 2005, responsible for export and OEM products at RIKA Innovative Ofentechnik GmbH
  • 2002-2006: University of applied sciences Steyr, Production and Management

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Niina Kautto

  • Researcher at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra, in the Renewable Energy Unit of the Institute for Energy
  • focus on the strategic use of biomass for energy and the linkages of bioenergy and climate change policies
  • MSc degree in environmental sciences and PhD candidate at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Sweden

Speaker at the Conference Regional Biomass Action Plans

Lisa-Ann Lamont

  • Assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the Petroleum Institute (PI) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Lectures in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Design at the PI
  • Research interests in control of systems, oil platform structures and renewable energy technologies
  • Graduation in 2005, University of Ulster, Belfast

Speaker at the Conference Regional Biomass Action Plans

Bruno Lüdemann

  • Since 2000, Research and Development Department at Imtech Deutschland GmbH & Co KG
  • Specialist in development and application of dynamic simulation tools for energetic improvement of buildings and constructions
  • Master in Machine Engineering at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficient Cooling of Buildings

Valentin Lyant

  • Since 2008, department for energy, waste, air and environmental technology, county council Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur

Speaker at the Conference Regional Biomass Action Plans

Timothy Maker

  • Founding Executive Director and now Senior Program Director of the Biomass Energy Resource Center
  • Nationally recognized leader in the fields of biomass heating and CHP applications for community uses and public schools
  • Author of two books on woodchip heating systems for institutions and on biomass district heating
  • Member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the joint DOE (Department of Energy) / USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Biomass Research & Development Initiative

Speaker at the Conference Regional Biomass Action Plans

Fabio Zafri Marchetto

  • Since 2006, director of the Bureau of Innovation & Consultancy at the Technical University of Malaysia
  • Master in civil construction at the Andrea Palladio Institute, Italy
  • MBA in Corporate Business and Marketing in London, UK

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Markus Miele

  • Since 2002, executive shareholder at Miele & Cie. KG
  • Master in economical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe
  • Promotion for Dr. oec. at the University of St. Gallen

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

Nick Monether

  • Since 2007, principal of Greenfields Consulting
  • Biomass energy specialist
  • BSc Biology/Environmental Science

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Florian Müller

  • Since 2007, director of product management at Nuon in Berlin
  • Responsible for the advancement of existing electricity and gas supply, as well as, the setup of a product and service portfolio on energy efficiency
  • Diploma in Economics

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficiency Services

J. Nandakumar
  • Senior Energy Analyst in the Global Energy Team at DMV Business and Market Research
  • Degree in East Asian Studies at the University of Delhi, India
  • Master in Politics and International Relations at the University of Pondicherry; India
  • Diploma in Chinese Language at the University of Delhi, India
  • Numerous publications in books and magazines

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficiency Services

Ulrich Nyffenegger

  • Since 2003, project manager of energy, Canton of Bern
  • Founding member and president of "Solarer Selbstbau" SEBASOL, Bern
  • Swiss solar award and minergie award Canton of Bern
  • Biology laboratory assistant; for five years, research at Novartis and the University of Bern

Speaker at the Conference Regional Biomass Action Plans

Christine Öhlinger
  • Head of Sector International Tasks, O.Ö. Energiesparverband
  • Christine Öhlinger has a diploma in law and a post graduate training on Energy & Environmental Advice

Speaker at the Conference Regional Biomass Action Plans

Stefan Ortner

  • ÖkoFEN Pellet heating

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Annalisa Paniz

  • Since 2004, project manager at AIEL – Italian Agriforestry Energy Association
  • Coordination and technical support on the creation of AIP – Italian Pellets Association
  • Organisation of the “First International Pellet Forum” in Italy in 2008
  • Bachelor of Forestry and Environmental Science at the University of Padova, Italy

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Danny Parker

  • Principal Research Scientist at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)
  • Member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program
  • Spent the last 30 years of his career with the research of energy efficient systems

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficient Cooling of Buildings

Michael Paula
  • Head of the department of energy and environmental technologies at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Austria
  • Initiation of the “Austrian Strategieprozess ENERGIE 2050”
  • Research of R&D strategies in the field of technological sustainability

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficient Cooling of Buildings

Stefan Plesser

  • Since 2007, head of the working group "Energy efficiency and user comfort in non-residential buildings" at IGS, Institute for building and solar engeneering, at the technical university of Braunschweig
  • Associate Director at ICEBO’08 – International Conference For Enhanced Building Operations,
    Berlin 2008
  • Since 2005, founding partner and managing director of the energydesign braunschweig GmbH, Braunschweig

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficient Cooling of Buildings

Sebastian Proske

  • In 2009, academic subject specialist at the "Deutsches Pelletinstitut" (DEPI) in Berlin
  • In 2008, subject specialist at the "Holz-Energie-Zentrum Olsberg"
  • Diploma in forestry at the University of Freiburg

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Francisco Puente-Salve
  • Coordinator of Propellets project, EIE - Europe Intelligent Energy - Programme of the European Commission
  • MSc. Energy and Fuels Engineer, Polytechnic University Madrid
  • 10 years of experience in project management and processes optimisation in consulting firms and power industries

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Asko Puhakka

  • Since 1999, lecturer and project manager at the North Karelia University of Applied Sciences
  • Expert in energy and environmental legislation, training, project planning and management & education
  • Master of Administrative Sciences, University of Joensuu
  • Forestry engineer, Forestry College, Joensuu

Speaker at the Conference Regional Biomass Action Plans

Christian Rakos
  • Since 2005, managing director of proPellets Austria
  • One year active at the Renewable Energy Information Office, Ireland
  • Study of Physics, Philosophy and History

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Thomas Rau

  • In 1992, founding of RAU (the ambition of RAU are low-tech solutions for high-tech questions)
  • Works as architect in Amsterdam since 1990
  • Master of architecture at the University of Aachen, attended fine art courses at the Art University (dance, sculpting)

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficient Cooling of Buildings

Gregor Rinke
  • Project manager for biomass power plants and pellet production plants (project developer), Seeger Engineering AG
  • PhD; scientist having the main focus on the use of renewable energies

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Tony Robson

  • Since 2003, main board director responsible for all Knauf Insulation activities
  • Since 2002, group CEO at Knauf Insulation
  • Degree in Economics at the University College London

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

Paul Rübig
  • Since 1996, member of the European Parliament
  • In 1996, member of the National Parliament of Austria
  • Foundation of companies in Germany, France and Britain
  • Author and co-author of numerous books
  • Studies of business administration, marketing and production engineering, University of Linz, Austria

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

Richard Smith

  • Since 2006, manager of the development of the British pellet business in UK and Ireland at Balcas
  • Before, managing director of a fresh product business with operations in Spain and UK
  • MBA and Agricultural Engineering degree, both from Newcastle University

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Jeroen van Soest

  • Since 2007, manager for innovations at Meneba B.V.
  • Doctoral (PhD) study at the University of Utrecht
  • Master Study Chemistry at the University of Utrecht

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Urs Steinemann

  • Since 1998, cooperation with the engineering office of Franz Zumsteg, "US+FZ Beratende Ingenieure"
  • Since 1988, owner of the engineering office "Urs Steinemann"
  • Diploma in Engineering with specialisation on heating, ventilation and air conditioning, University of Luzern

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficient Cooling of Buildings

John Swaan
  • Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
  • Chair, BC BioProducts Association
  • Founder of Pacific BioEnergy Corporation, Prince George, British Columbia
  • Pioneer and expert in the wood pellet industry in Canada

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Peter Szanyi

  • Independent advisor for renewable energies at Eco Power Consulting Kft. for ten years
  • proPellets Hungary
  • Education in electrical engineering

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Alex Taylor

  • BBC

Chairperson at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference


Stefan Thomas

  • Since 2003, director of the research group „Energy, Transport and Climate Policy“ at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate
  • Research in new managing concepts for end-energy efficiency and energy services in the energy market
  • Doctor degree in Political Science, Free University of Berlin
  • Studies in Physics at the Darmstadt University and the University of Marburg

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficiency Services

Miha Tomsic

  • R&D manager for building physics at the Building and Civil Engineering Institute ZRMK in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Special focus on energy efficient and environment-conscious design and retrofit of buildings, climate protection, green labelling and green procurement, and sustainable building construction
  • Lecturer at trainings for members of the national Energy Advisory Network

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficient Cooling of Buildings

Anne Turbé

  • Consultant at BIO Intelligence Service
  • Postdoctoral fellow in conservation biology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • PhD in Ecology from Cambridge University, UK
  • Master of sciences in Ecology and Bachelor of sciences in Biology, École Normale Supérieure, France

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Dietmar Überbacher

  • Since 2005, assistant at the Ökoinstitut Südtirol / Alto Adige, responsible for the area energy
  • 2003-2004: Master studies in "International Environmental Sciences", University Lund, Sweden
  • In 2002, graduation in Biology, Innsbruck

Speaker at the Conference Regional Biomass Action Plans

Harry Verhaar

  • Senior Director Energy & Climate Change at Philips Lighting
  • Head of the global Energy Efficiency Program "Green Switch"
  • Previously responsible for the marketing activities of the professional lamps activities in Europe

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

Jürgen Viehweider

  • Since 2006, director of Eneralp KG, specialisation on third party financing for multi-family homes, hotels, industry and public institutions
  • Before, head of environmental and mechanical engineering at Hydroklima, being responsible for planning and executing of heating, ventilation, cooling and sanitary facilities in the low-energy and passive house section and product choice

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Walter Wagner
  • Since 1999, in the division of export at Guntamatic
  • Technical school for mechanical engineering

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Steven J. Walker

  • President and chief executive officer of New England Wood Pellet LLC, founded in 1992
  • In 2008, he founded Propell Energy LLC
  • In 2006, he formed Biofuel Energy Systems LLC

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Alan Whitehead

  • Chair of the Associate Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group, United Kingdom Parliament
  • Co-Chair of the Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resources Group
  • Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland
  • Degree in Politics and Philosophy, Southampton University, Ph.D. in Political Science

Speaker at the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

Rick Wilberforce

  • Sits on the External Relations Committee of Glass for Europe
  • President of EuroACE - the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings
  • past-President of the UK Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF)
  • EU Public Affairs Advisor to Pilkington
  • Degree in Architecture and an MSc in Building Services Engineering

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficient Cooling of Buildings

Bernd Wollwerth

  • Manager of the bioenergy workfield at the Ecofys Germany GmbH, responsible for projects in the bioenergy sector in Germany
  • Study of environmental engineering in Stuttgart

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Elisabeth Wopienka

  • Since 2004, researcher at the Austrian Bioenergy Centre GmbH
  • Working fields: small scale combustion technologies, characterisation and combustion properties of agricultural biofuels, training courses
  • Since 2004, PhD student at Vienna University of Technology

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Dan York

  • Senior Research Associate for the Utilities Program of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
  • Over 15 years of experience in the energy efficiency field, including 5 years as a senior project manager with the Energy Center of Wisconsin

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficiency Services

Sergio Zabot

  • Director of the Energy Sector of the Province of Milan, Italy, where he is managing the Energy Efficiency Action Plan
  • Graduated in Civil Engineering

Speaker at the Conference Energy Efficient Cooling of Buildings

Ladislav Zidek

  • General Director of BIOMASA
  • Manager and coordinator of projects related to energy efficiency, utilisation of renewable energy resources, regional economic development, social and educational projects

Speaker at the Conference Regional Biomass Action Plans