Speakers 2013

Raymond J. Albrecht

  • Technical advisor and member of board of directors of Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC), USA
  • Past chairman of ASHRAE Technical Committee 6.10 for fuels and combustion
  • Degrees in engineering; Bachelor and Master of Science

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Rudi Anschober

  • Regional Minister for Energy, Austria

Opening Address

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"

Martin Bentele

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

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Vrinda Bhandarkar

  • Director of Research, LED Lighting, Strategies Unlimited
  • Before, analyst and author of industry reports on LED lighting markets
  • MA Economics and MA Sociology

Speaker at the Conference "LED - innovative lighting solutions"

Hans Bloem

  • for more than 27 years at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre
  • Renewable Energies Unit of the Institute for Energy and Transport
  • Member of several EU research networks

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

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 "LED - innovative lighting solutions"

Martina Caminada

  • Managing Director proPellets.ch, Switzerland
  • Before, canton forestry administration St. Gallen, research assistant at the ETH Zurich
  • MSc Environmental Science (ETH Zurich)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Claudia Canevari

  • Deputy Head of the Energy Efficiency Unit of DG Energy, European Commission
  • Before, policy assistant of the Director-General in DG Communication, Member of Cabinet of Commissioner Dimas and coordinator of the climate change team of DG Environment in international negotiations
  • Lawyer; LLM, London School of Economics

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch"
Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Bernd Clauss

  • Project manager international projects, Zumtobel Austria
  • 6 years’ experience in facade construction (project manager and head of project management), 5 years’ experience in professional lighting
  • Degree in Engineering, Civil engineering; International Master Project Management

Speaker at the Conference "LED - innovative lighting solutions"

Maarten De Groote

  • Policy officer at the Flemish Energy Agency (VEA)
  • Before, Flemish NZEB action plan project manager
  • Postgraduate Energy & Climate, Master Industrial Design

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Estelle Delangle

  • Director of the AER Regional Expertise Centre
  • Assembly of European Regions as policy coordinator in charge of cohesion policy, rural development and agriculture, energy and climate change, economic development, innovation and research
  • Master in European Relations, Graduate from the Institute of Political Science

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Gerhard Dell

  • Energy Commissioner to the Upper Austrian Government
  • Director of OÖ 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"

Diane Diacon

  • Director, Building and Social Housing Foundation, UK
  • UK Representative to CECODHAS Housing Europe
  • Judge for 25 years of the International World Habitat Awards Competition
  • MA in Town and Country Planning, BA (Hons) Geography

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Ilze DimdiƆa

  • Research assistant at the University of Latvia
  • HVAC system designer at the "Indutec LV", Ltd.
  • Professional master’s degree heat, gas and water technology (Riga Technical University, Latvia), Bachelor of Science degree in Physics (University of Latvia)

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Stefan Döring

  • Managing Partner of Plant Engineering GmbH, Germany
  • Before, operation and planning of pellet production plants, biomass CHPs and Diesel/HFO engine CHPs
  • Studies and PhD at University of Excellence RWTH Aachen

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Christiane Egger

  • Deputy manager of the OÖ 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"

Speaker at the LED-Conference

Anselm Eisentraut

  • Bioenergy Analyst in the Renewable Energy Division of the International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Lead author of the recently published technology roadmap "Biofuels for Transport and Bioenergy for Heat and Power"
  • Before, BKN Biostrom AG, Berlin and NLU Projektgesellschaft, MĂŒnster
  • Diploma in Landscape Ecology from University MĂŒnster

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Hans Erhorn

  • Head of the department of heat technology at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics, Germany
  • 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"

Hazir Farouk

  • Lecturer in school of mechanical, College of Engineering, Sudan University of Science and Technology
  • Researcher in biodiesel production (mainly from jatropha oil)
  • MSc in mechanical engineering (Malaysia), BSc in mechanical engineering (Sudan)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Josef Frauscher

  • Director of Frauscher Holding GmbH and Frauscher Energietechnik GmbH, advisor of the private trust Josef Frauscher, Austria
  • Founder of the companies in the Frauscher corporate group
  • Since 2001, management of the research and development of sterling machinery of Frauscher Energietechnik GmbH
  • Degree in engineering

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Daniel Frering

  • Manager of Education, Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
  • directs the Education Programs including teaching, and course and curriculum development
  • Bachelor of Arts, Education; Master of Education; Master of Science in Lighting

Speaker at the Conference "LED - innovative lighting solutions"

Pau Garcia AudĂ­

  • Project officer of the Energy Efficiency Unit of the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI)
  • Before, building services engineer at Pick Everard (UK) and project manager at FormelD (Spain)
  • Mechanical Engineering Degree (UPC, Spain), BEng in Mechanical Engineering (De Montfort, UK); MSc in Building Services (Loughborough University, UK)

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

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"

Johan Granath

  • Senior Vice President Bioenergy, Ekman, Sweden
  • Before consumer credit marketing at GE Capital and finance and risk management at Ekman
  • Master in Business Administration from Gothenburg School of Economics

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Thomas RC Hartman

  • Partner, Coldham&Hartman Architects, USA
  • professional design services for residential, commercial and institutional clients committed to creating green buildings and communities throughout the Northeast
  • Bachelor of Architecture (University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA), Associate of Architectural Engineering (Wenworth Institute of Technology, Boston, USA)

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Walter Haslinger

  • Manager of the small-scale-boilers area and of the location Wieselburg of the K1 Biomassekompetenzzentrum BIOENERGY 2020+, Austria
  • 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

Jennifer Hedrick

  • Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Before, association manager, Pellet Fuels Institute; programme associate, workplace flexibility 2010, Georgetown University Law Centre
  • Master of Arts, Verginia Tech; Bachelor of Science, Bridgewater College

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Daniel Hegele

  • Division manager development biomass combustion at Hoval Liechtenstein
  • 15 years' experience in the development of log wood and pellet boilers, before experience in the solar industry
  • graduate engineer (FH)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Nandakumar Janardhanan

  • Energy Policy Specialist, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan
  • work experience in energy sector research, policy research experience with leading think tanks in India and Japan, research experience on nuclear power, oil & gas, renewable energy, climate change, and low carbon development
  • Energy related publications in books and journals
  • Doctorate in energy policy

Speaker at the Conference "LED - innovative lighting solutions"

Adrian Joyce

  • Secretary General of EuroACE
  • Campaign Director of the Renovate Europe Campaign
  • Before private practice; Practice Director of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland; Director of the Architects’ Council of Europe
  • Architect (University College Dublin)

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Mel Kendal

  • Deputy Leader Hampshire County Council, UK
  • Executive Member for Environment & Transport, Hampshire County Council
  • New Forest District Councillor

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Claudia Kunz

  • Consultant for energy economy, project manager "research radar renewable energy" at the Agentur fĂŒr Erneuerbare Energien, Germany
  • Before, consultant for energy and climate policy at the WWF Germany
  • Degree in environmental sciences, focus on environmental law and communication, University LĂŒneburg

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Jarek Kurnitski

  • Professor in Energy Performance of Buildings and Indoor Climate, Tallin University of Technology
  • leader of the NZEB research group at the University
  • 2009 - 2012 senior lead in the energy programme for SITRA, the Finnish Innovation Fund

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Andrew Lang

  • Vice President of the World Bioenergy Association and board member representing "Australasia" and Oceania
  • Secretary of Farm Forest Growers Victoria
  • Before teacher, farm management lecturer, freelance journalist on agriculture and bioenergy, bioenergy consultant
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Diploma of Education

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Marcus 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

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

Cornelius Neumann

  • Professor at the Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe and director of the Light Technology Institute
  • Before, more than 10 years optical research at Hella KG and Hella lighting systems
  • degree in physics and philosophy, University Bielefeld, Germany

Speaker at the Conference "LED - innovative lighting solutions"

Christine Öhlinger

  • Head of Sector International Tasks at OÖ 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 "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Herbert Ortner

  • 1989: Foundation of ÖkoFEN Forschungs- und Entwicklungs Ges.m.b.H. and Managing Director of ÖkoFEN Forschungs- und Entwicklungs Ges.m.b.H.
  • 1997: development and market launch of the first pellet-heating in Austria

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Dimitar Panayotov Paskalev

  • Managing Director and Project Leader, Architectonika Studio Ltd., Bulgaria
  • Co-founder of Building Systems Design Ltd.
  • Before, lead architect in Elite Studio Ltd.
  • Diploma (MA) in Architecture, University of Architecture Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Bulgaria

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy 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”
  • R&D strategies in the field of technological sustainability

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Carsten Petersdorff

  • Director and Regional Director Germany/Austria/Switzerland, Ecofys Germany GmbH
  • 15 years’ experience in the area of energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • Degree in Physics (RWTH Aachen), focus on energy efficiency of buildings, solar energy and energy storage systems

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch"

Caroline Petrovick

  • Project Manager/Designer, Coldham&Hartman Architects, USA
  • has assisted with construction administration on a range of projects
  • Bachelor of Arts in film (Yale University, USA), Master of Architecture (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA)

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Andreas Pilzecker

  • Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG Energy
  • Area of work: Renewable energy policy, in particular bioenergy
  • Before, agricultural economist in university research, international trade and farm advisory services in Germany and Portugal
  • Master in Agricultural Sciences

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

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

Christian Rakos

  • Since 2005, Managing Director of proPellets Austria, President oft he European Pellet Council
  • Before, responsible for the issue renewable energy sources at the Energieverwertungsagentur
  • Study of Physics, Philosophy and History

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Hubert Röder

  • Senior consultant and project leader at Pöyry Management Consulting, Munich
  • Specialized in biofuel and biomass availability analysis, biomass utilisation strategies and renewable energy / forest industry cluster concepts
  • Degree in Forest Sciences (University of Munich), PhD

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

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

Stefan Scheuer

  • Secretary General for the Coalition for Energy Savings, Brussels
  • Before, EU environmental and energy policy making including lecturing environmental policies at the Universities of California and Edinburgh, Policy Director of the European Environmental Bureau and Chairman of ECOS
  • MSc in Hydrology in Freiburg, Germany

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch"

Waltraud Schmid

  • Head of Sector in the Energy Efficiency Unit of the European Commission's Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI)
  • Before, national expert in European Commission DG TREN, unit demand management, Austrian Energy Agency
  • Economist (University of Graz)

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch"

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

Franz Söllhinger

  • Head of Division Energy Industry, Scheuch, Austria
  • Before, construction, project leader and sales in the field of industrial plant manufacturing; project leader and sales management in the automotive supplier industry
  • Degree in law, MBA general management, engineer engineering

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Christian Stettner

  • Project development, customer acquisition, calculation of profitability, contracts and financing at SĂŒdwĂ€rme Gesellschaft fĂŒr Energielieferung AG
  • Lecturer Master programme ClimaDesign at the Technical University Munich
  • Before devision manager "Municipal and urban energy supply concepts" IngenieurbĂŒro Hausladen GmbH; project development/-controlling of biogas plants at Loick Bioenergie GmbH
  • Degree in industrial engineering (FH)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

John Swaan

  • President PFIT Consulting, BioMass/BioEnergy Specialist
  • Canadian wood pellet manufacturing pioneer, initiated global export of Canadian wood pellets, refined wood pellet pilot projects, steam treatment and Torrefaction
  • Before, technical Adviser, Horizon BioEnergy, The Netherlands; executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Menno Treffers

  • Secretary General of the Zhaga Consortium
  • Chairman of the Wireless Power Consortium
  • Senior director of standardisation at Philips Electronics
  • PhD in Physics at Leiden University

Speaker at the Conference "LED - innovative lighting solutions"

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"

Martin Vaché

  • Researcher, focus on residential market analyses, housing policy and urban development, Institut Wohnen und Umwelt (IWU), Germany
  • Before, architect, designer and consultant for the real estate industry in the field of sustainability and energy in China, research projects in the fields of residential and real estate market research
  • graduate engineer in architecture, M.Sc. for real estate industry

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Gert Wemmer

  • Owner of we lite lighting design & consulting
  • 30 years’ experience at the lightings industry: measuring, lamp development, product management of lamps and luminaires, light planning, international technical consultant for the UNEP, World Bank and other public organisations, author of a number of governmental on lighting
  • PhD.

Speaker at the Conference "LED - innovative lighting solutions"

Theodor Zillner

  • Deputy head of the division for energy and environmental technologies at the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)
  • Programme 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"

Vasil Zlatev

  • Sustainable energy expert, Coordinator of projects at the Energy Agency of Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Before, consultant at Leap Strategies, Senior Research Assistant at Oberlin College, Psychology Department
  • Master of Sciences in Environmental Management and Policy, Lund University, Sweden; Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Psychology, Oberlin College, USA

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference