Speakers 2012


Rudi Anschober

  • Regional Minister for Energy, Austria
  • Opening Address


Siegfried Aigner

  • Managing Director of "Ing. Aigner Wasser-WĂ€rme-Umwelt GmbH" and "Aigner Energie Contracting GmbH”, Austria
  • Before, at the Austrian Research Centers Seibersdorf, field: process optimisation
  • Degree in Process Engineering (Graz University of Technology, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, Clean Technology Center Cork, Ireland)

Speaker at the Conference "Biomass Partnerships"


Imil Akkoziev

  • Head of the Department "Nontraditional and renewable sources of energy", Kyrgyz – Russian Slavonic University
  • More than 120 publications
  • University Professor, Doctor in Technical Science

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Bogdan Atanasiu

  • Senior energy efficiency expert at the Buildings Performance Institute (BPIE)
  • Before, scientific officer at EC Joint Research Centre
  • PhD in power management and in stand-alone photovoltaic systems

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"


Matias Baumgart

  • Regional Manager of Lipsia, Argentina
  • Specialised in solid biofuels
  • Degree in Industrial Engineering (Catholic University Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Hans Martin Behr

  • Executive manager of the Holz-Energie-Zentrum Olsberg, Executive Manager of "Power Pellets Vertriebs GmbH"
  • Member of the Board of the "Deutscher Energieholz- und Pellet-Verband"
  • Degree in Forest Science (University of Göttingen)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Michael Bell

  • Project manager, Tipperary Energy Agency, Ireland
  • Fields: energy management & engineering services for local authorities, audits, feasibility studies, procurement of renewable energy projects
  • Bachelor in Engineering, Certificate in Environmental and Energy Engineering (Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland),

Speaker at the Conference "Biomass Partnerships"


Martin Bentele

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

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Peter Biermayr

  • Researcher at the Institute of Energy Systems and Electrical Drives, Energy Economics Group, Vienna University of Technology
  • Scientific research focus on the development of sustainable energy systems and social systems
  • PhD

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Jean-Yves Blanc

  • President of the "Association of European Manufacturers of Building Automation and Controls" (Eubac)
  • Vice President, Schneider Electric Energy Management Solutions, France
  • Degree in Electrical Engineering, MBA (Institut Français de Gestion, France)

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"


Nigel Blandford

  • Timber and BioEnergy Officer, The Mersey Forest Team, UK
  • Before, project manager "Process Heat from Biomass Project"
  • Bachelor in Environmental Sciences (University of East Anglia, UK)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Nils Borg

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

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"


Andrew Bradford

  • Director, Dartmoor Woodfuel Cooperative and the Dartmoor Farmers, UK
  • Manager of a farm (700 acre) including forestry & agritourism business
  • Member of the Chartered Management Institute

Speaker at the Conference "Biomass Partnerships"


Ingrida Bremere

  • Deputy chairperson of the Board of the Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia
  • Project management of international projects in the field of energy efficiency, and expertise in environmental policy on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, air quality, waste and water management
  • MSc. in Environmental Engineering

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Jean-SĂ©bastien Broc

  • Researcher at the Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France
  • Member of the EMEEES project (“Evaluation and Monitoring for the EU Directive on Energy End-use Efficiency and Energy Services”), expert at the French Energy Ministry and the European Commission
  • Degree in engineering, PhD in Energy Systems (Ecole des Mines de Paris)

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch"


Adam Brown

  • Senior energy analyst at the International Energy Agency, Renewable Energy Division in Paris
  • Before, technical coordinator for the IEA Implementing Agreement on Bioenergy
  • 30 years experience in planning, developing and managing programmes for the government and in consultancy assignments in UK

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Arunas Bruzgulis

  • Project Coordinator at the Lithuanian Biomass Energy Association (LITBIOMA) implementing the ENplus certification
  • Experience in boiler design, district heating networks, training of biomass contractors
  • Master (University of Kaunas, Lithuania)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Marcel Cremers

  • Consultant at KEMA, The Netherlands
  • Fields: power generation and renewables, torrefaction and biomass co-firing
  • Master in Mechanical Engineering, PhD in Combustion Technology (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Gerhard Dell

  • Energy Commissioner to the Upper Austrian Government
  • Director of O.Ö. Energiesparverband
  • National award for energy research
  • Lecturer at the University of Linz
  • Degree 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 Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"
Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch"


Walter Dickinson

  • Founder & CEO of Integro Earth Fuels
  • Founder & CEO of companies in the industrial automotive market
  • Bachelor in Product Management (University of Southern California, USA)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Sorcha Edwards

  • Deputy Secretary General at CECODHAS, the European Liaison Committee for Social Housing
  • Fields: energy coordination, communication, coordination of the project “Power House Europe”
  • Educational background: Language degree (Dublin City University, University of Ulster), Master in European Studies (Leuven University, Belgium)

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"


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 Efficiency Watch"



Kirsten Engelund Thomsen

  • Core Theme Leader – Concerted Action EPBD
  • Senior researcher, Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University
  • Master in Building Engineering (Technical University of Denmark)

Speaker at the Stakeholder Meeting "NZEB: The vision for 2020"


Hans Erhorn

  • Head of the department of heat technology at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics in Stuttgart
  • Since 2004 Coreteam Leader at the EU EPBD Concerted Action project
  • Academic degrees in building services engineering (TFH Berlin) and in environmental engineering (TU Berlin)

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"
Speaker at the Stakeholder Meeting "NZEB: The vision for 2020"


Vanessa Gallo

  • Consultant, FIPER - National Federation of the Producers of Renewable Energy, Italy
  • Project manager in EU cooperation programme in Africa and America Latina
  • Degree in Business and Economics (University of Turin, Italy)

Speaker at the Conference "Biomass Partnerships"


Jan Geiss

  • Secretary General of EUFORES – The European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources
  • Since 2011, President of the Renewable Energy House, Brussels
  • Dipl.-Kulturwirt, PhD in Political Science and Economics (University of Passau, Germany)

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch"


MEP Fiona Hall

  • Vice-President of the European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources (EUFORES)
  • Since 2004, Member of the European Parliament and since 2009 leader of the Liberal Democrat European Parliamentary Party
  • Member of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"


Morten Tony Hansen

  • Senior Project Manager at FORCE Technology, Centre for Biomass Technology, Denmark
  • Before, at the Danish Energy Agency
  • Master in Engineering (Danish Technological University)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Walter Haslinger

  • Manager of the small-scale-boilers area and of the location Wieselburg of the K1 Biomassekompetenzzentrum BIOENERGY 2020+
  • Key Researcher in the biomass technology field of the K-project “Future Building” of the Austrian initiative “Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies” – COMET
  • Degree in mechanical engineering, doctorate (Technical University of Vienna)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Diana Hehenberger-Risse

  • Managing Director, KEWOG Energie und Dienste GmbH and BioRegio Energie GmbH, Germany
  • Before, Head of the Business field energy contracting at KEWOG GebĂ€udemanagement
  • Degree in Environmental Assurance, focus on water, waste, sole and renewable energy sources

Speaker at the Conference "Biomass Partnerships"


Roger Hitchin

  • Advisor Department of Communities and Local Government
  • Building Research Establishment (BRE) Associate, UK
  • Focus in energy use in buildings, academic and industrial research
  • Support to the implementation of national and European building energy regulations

Speaker at the Stakeholder Meeting "NZEB: The vision for 2020"

Vera Höfele

  • Research fellow at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy and Environment in the research group Energy, Transport and Climate Policy
  • Working areas: national, European and international energy efficiency policies, evaluation of policy measures
  • Studies of economics and political science (University of Cologne)

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch"


Patrick de Jamblinne

  • Consultant for Tuzetka - 2ZK, biomass supplier to industrial and municipal customers
  • Before, founder and partner of the EIC Group (Eastern Investment Centers), coaching SMEs in their development and expansion in Central Eastern Europe
  • Degree in Management and Finance (HEC Saint-Louis, Ecole de Commerce, Brussels)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Kathryn Janda

  • Senior Researcher, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University, UK
  • Focus on social dimensions of changes to technologies for reducing carbon emissions in the buildings sector by 2050
  • Bachelor in Electrical Engineering, Master, PhD (Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley)

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Katarina Korytarova

  • Employee at the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic, Section of Energy, focus on energy efficiency, buildings
  • Before, junior consultant at Ecofys Polska, guest research assistant at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria
  • Master in International Relations (University of Economics in Bratislava), in Environmental Management (University of Amsterdam), PhD in Environmental Science and Policy (Central European University, Budapest)

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch"


Sara Kunkel

  • Since 2010, technical officer at BBSR, a research institute within the Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development in Bonn
  • Projects on national implementation of EPBD, Member of CA EPBD
  • Contact for all international requests concerning energy performance of buildings

Speaker at the Stakeholder Meeting "NZEB: The vision for 2020"


Patrick Lamers

  • Consultant for international bioenergy trade at Ecofys, Berlin
  • Before, project manager at BEA GmbH
  • Degree in Business Engineering (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Master in Environmental Policy and Management (Lund University)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Marcos Martín Larrañaga

  • Vice President of the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM)
  • Manager of the Spanish Bioenergy Association (AVEBIOM)
  • CEO of Bioenergy Strategies S.L.
  • Master of Engineering in Forestry (Universidad de Valladolid)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Aurélie Leplus

  • Project manager, "Association des Initiatives Locales pour l’énergie et l’environment" (AILE), France
  • Coordination of the Life + project Green Pellets
  • Degree in Agricultural Engineering (ISA Lille, France), Master in Environmental Sciences (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Bengt-Erik Löfgren

  • CEO of ÄFAB, Sweden
  • Founder of ÄFABusa und IRETI (International Renewable Energy Technical Institute located in USA)
  • Member of US Ambassador M. Wood’s "The One Big Thing- Group"

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Eduardo Maldonado

  • Coordinator of the Buildings Concerted Action (CA) for the Transposition of the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
  • University Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University Porto, Portugal
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality, USA)

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"
Speaker at the Stakeholder Meeting "NZEB: The vision for 2020"


Anne-Catherine Mangel

  • Executive manager of Propellet, France
  • Before, project manager at the Chartreuse Regional Nature Park
  • Degree in Wood Technologies Engineering (University of Nancy)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Roddy Matheson

  • Aberdeenshire Council, UK
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
  • BSc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of Aberdeen, UK)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Gordon Murray

  • Executive director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC)
  • Worked in senior management for international forest products manufacturers, owner and operator of a forestry services company
  • Bachelor of Science in Forestry (University of British Columbia)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Vincent Naudy

  • Engineer, Ragt Energie, France
  • Before, Product Manager for biofuels at Ragt Plateau Central
  • Master in Agriculture (Ecole d’IngĂ©nieur de Purpan, Toulouse, France)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Charlie Niebling

  • General Manager of New England Wood Pellet, USA
  • Chair at the Biomass Thermal Energy Council
  • Bachelor in Forestry (University of Vermont, USA), Master in Forest Genetics (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Timothée Noël

  • Project Officer of the Energy-Efficiency Unit of the European Commission's Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI)
  • Before, energy purchaser and energy manager at Carrefour France, the second largest retailer worldwide
  • Engineer with a DiplĂŽme d'IngĂ©nieur and MSc in Applied Energy

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch"


Robert Nuij

  • Policy officer, European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy
  • Before, senior consultant, Environmental Resources Management Ltd., an international environmental consultancy
  • Master in Industrial Design Engineering (Delft University of Technology)

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"
Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch"
Speaker at the Stakeholder Meeting "NZEB: The vision for 2020"


Ulrich Nyffenegger

  • Head of the Energy Department at the Canton of Berne, Switzerland
  • Fields: buildings, energy policy and energy legislation
  • Degree in Chemistry and Energy Engineering

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"


Aine O’Callaghan

  • Project Manager, Teagasc Forestry Development Office, Ireland
  • Adviser to landowners, on-site visits, training courses on all aspects of forestry
  • Bachelor in Agricultural Science (University College Dublin)

Speaker at the Conference "Biomass Partnerships"


Christine Öhlinger

  • Head of Sector International Tasks at O.Ö. Energiesparverband
  • Project management of international projects in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, scientific work ranging from technical publications to the organisation of seminars and workshops.
  • Diploma in law, post graduate training on energy & environmental advice

Speaker at the Conference "Biomass Partnerships"


Bjarne W. Olesen

  • Professor for Indoor Environment and Energy, Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
  • Director, International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy, Technical University of Denmark
  • Master in Civil Engineering, Ph.D

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"


Stefan Ortner

  • Management Board, ÖkoFEN Pelletsheizung, Austria
  • Fields: quality management, marketing and implementation of export markets

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Danny S. Parker

  • Principal Research Scientist at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)
  • Specialised in very low-energy cooling and zero energy homes with renewable energy, both in simulation analysis as well as in practical application
  • Master Degree in Environmental Science (University of Montana)

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"


Kristian Petrick

  • Operating Agent, International Energy Agency’s Implementing Agreement on Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD)
  • Before, senior consultant for renewable energy at Ecofys and Factor CO2 Ennova
  • Degree in Business Engineering (Technical University of Berlin)

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"


Bart Poel

  • Advisor to the Ministry of the Interior of the Netherlands on the implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), both on EU and national level
  • Focus on energy efficiency and sustainability in the building sector
  • MSc. in civil engineering; building physics (Delft University of Technology)

Speaker at the Stakeholder Meeting "NZEB: The vision for 2020"


Christian Pöhn

  • Head of the Building Physics Laboratory, Control, Inspection and Certification Unit, City of Vienna
  • Representative of Austria in the “Laboratory Group” of the EU
  • Degree in Technical Mathematics and Physics, PhD

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Robin Post van der Burg

  • Founder and Director of Business Development at Topell Energy
  • Before, various positions for Arco Chemical and Lyondell in the Netherlands, the USA and the UK
  • MSc. in Chemical Engineering (Delft University of Technology), MBA (Rotterdam School of Management)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Mark Prior

  • Partnerships and Expertise Manager at the Forestry Commission in South West England
  • Before, manager of the South West Bioheat Programme
  • BA (Hons) in Geography (Sussex University), MSc in Environmental Forestry (UCNW Bangor), Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters

Speaker at the Conference "Biomass Partnerships"


Francisco Puente Salve

  • Director, ESCAN Energy Consulting, Spain
  • Teaches at the Rey Juan Carlos University and at the European Energy Manager Expert Course at the Polytechnic University in Madrid
  • Master in Energy and Fuels Engineering (Polytechnic University Madrid)

Speaker at the Conference "Biomass Partnerships"


Asko Puhakka

  • Lecturer for Environmental Technology, North Karelia University of Applied Sciences Joensuu, Finland
  • Chairman on the Board of Finbio, the Finish Bioenergy Association
  • Master degree

Speaker at the Conference "Biomass Partnerships"


Olga S. Rakitova

  • Executive director of the National Bioenergy Union since 2007
  • Before, bioenergy director in the Wood Industries Confederation of North-West Russia
  • General director and chief editor of the magazine “The Bioenergy International, Russia” since 2006
  • Master in Management, woodworking and forestry specialization (St. Petersburg State Forest Technical Academy), MBA-program in the Reutlingen University of Applied Science (Germany)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


Andrew Rowson

  • Research Fellow, Centre for Energy and the Environment, University of Exeter, UK
  • Fields: supply chain analysis, resource assessment, biomass monitoring, technical support
  • Master in Engineering Mathematics

Speaker at the Conference "Biomass Partnerships"


MEP Paul RĂŒbig

  • Since 1996, member of the European Parliament
  • Foundation of companies in Germany, France and Great Britain
  • Studies of business administration, marketing and production technologies (University of Linz)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


    Marjana Sijanec Zavrl

    • Head of the Centre for Indoor Environment, Building Physics and Energy; Assistant Member of the Management Board for RTD
    • Lecturer at the University of Ljubljana
    • PhD in thermal response of buildings, Civil Engineer

    Speaker at the Stakeholder Meeting "NZEB: The vision for 2020"


    Richard Sikkema

    • Programme Manager "Biomass & Biofuels" with Control Union Certifications
    • PhD student Bioenergy, biomass trade & sustainable forest resources, Utrecht University
    • Before, finance and policy officer at the Ministry for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
    • Master in Forest & Nature Management (Wageningen Agricultural University, Utrecht)

    Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


    George Smith

    • Professor of Renewable Energy, University of Exeter, Cornwall, UK
    • Research on offshore renewable energy systems, wave measurement systems and technology
    • Bachelor in Physics (University of Edinburgh), PhD (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh)

    Speaker at the Conference "Biomass Partnerships"


    Florian Steierer

    • Forestry Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    • Active at the "Zentrum Holzwirtschaft", University of Hamburg
    • Degree in Agricultural Science (Albert Ludwig University, Freiburg, Ecole Nationale SupĂ©rieure Agronomique de Montpellier et Nancy)

    Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


    Alastair Spencer Norton Stevens

    • Project Manager, Severn Wye Energy Agency, UK
    • Fields: small-scale renewables projects, business energy auditing, community sustainable energy work, seminars
    • Master in Engineering (University of Bristol, UK), Master in Energy Systems & Thermal Processes (Cranfield University, UK)

    Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


    Gomathi Sundaramurthy

    • Senior Manager, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency, India
    • Projects on energy conservation and energy efficiency, energy auditing, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
    • Bachelor in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (College of Engg, Chennai, India)

    Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


    Martin Svanberg

    • PhD candidate, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

    Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


    John Swaan

    • Technical Advisor, Horizon BioEnergy, The Netherlands
    • Fields: Biocoal and torrefaction technology, sales and marketing
    • Before, Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

    Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


    Andrzej Szajner

    • Vice-President, BaƂtycka Agencja Poszanowania Energii (BAPE), Poland
    • Before, senior lecturer at the Gdansk University of Technology
    • Degree in mechanical engineering (Gdansk University of Technology), PhD

    Speaker at the Conference "Biomass Partnerships"


    MEP Claude Turmes

    • Since 1999, member of the Green/EFA (European Free Alliance) in the European Parliament
    • Since 2002, vice-president of the Green/EFA
    • Rapporteur of the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012

    Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch"


    Giulio Volpi

    • European Commission, Directorate General for Energy
    • Before, Directorate General for Environment
    • Master in Environmental Management, Master in International Environmental Law

    Speaker at the European Pellet Conference


    Karsten Voss

    • University Professor of building physics and building technical services, University Wuppertal, Germany
    • Coordinating the subtask on definitions and methodologies on net zero solar energy buildings (IEA SHCP Task 40/ECBCS Annex 52)
    • Focus: environmental building design
    • Mechanical engineer, PhD (ETH Lausanne, Switzerland)

    Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"


    Peter Wouters

    • Director for development and valorisation, TightVent Europe und AIVC, Belgium
    • General manager, INIVE EEIG – International Network for Information on Ventilation and Energy Performance
    • PhD

    Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"


    Theodor Zillner

    • Deputy head of the division for energy and environmental technologies at the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)
    • Programm manager of the impulse programme “Haus der Zukunft” (house of the future)
    • Chair of the executive committee of the European network "ERACOBUILD"
    • Degree in mechanical and process engineering (Technical University Vienna)

    Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"