Speakers 2014

Rudi Anschober

  • Regional Minister for Energy, Austria

Opening Address

Bogdan Atanasiu

  • Senior energy efficiency expert at the Buildings Performance Institute (BPIE)
  • Previously, 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

Edward Billington

  • Managing Director of Billington Bioenergy, part of The Billington Group, UK
  • Member of the UK Pellet Council
  • Degree in Economics, University of Bristol

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Bruno Berardelli

  • Managing Director, Highland Wood Energy (HWEnergy), UK
  • MA Hons from University of Glasgow

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Vincent Berrutto

  • Head of the Energy Unit at the European Commission Executive Agency for Small and Medium Size Enterprises (EASME, formerly EACI)
  • Responsible for Intelligent Energy Europe and the Energy Efficiency Focus Area of the EU Horizon 2020 Programme
  • Previously, Programme Officer at DG Energy, European Commission
  • PhD in building sciences, MSc in engineering

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Policies"

Luc Bourdeau

  • Secretary General, Energy Efficient Buildings Association (E2BA)
  • Secretary General, European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP); President, European Network of Building Research Institutes (ENBRI); Manager of R&D European Affairs, "Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment" (CSTB)
  • Doctorate in thermal engineering

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Policies"

Jürgen Brandt

  • Head of "Technical Future", Windhager Zentralheizung, Austria
  • Many years experience in the development of innovative boilers, notably biomass boilers
  • Engineering degree in Technical Physics, Graz

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Thomas Brunner

  • Senior Scientist/Researcher, Technical University Graz
  • Previously, Senior Scientist at the "K1-Kompetenzzentrum BIOENERGY2020+" and Project Manager at BIOS BIOENERGIESYSTEME

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Claudia Canevari

  • Deputy Head of the Energy Efficiency Unit of DG Energy, European Commission
  • Previously, 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 European Pellet Conference
Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Policies"

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

José Ricardo Castro

  • Sales Manager, PRODESA, Europe
  • Master in Chemistry Science

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Veronika Czakó

  • Scientific Officer at Institute for Energy and Transport, European Commission DG Joint Research Centre
  • Previously, research fellow at Open Society Foundation and researcher at Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP), Central European University
  • PhD in Environmental Sciences and Policy, MA in Economics

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Policies"

Arnold Dale

  • Vice President Bioenergy, Ekman & Co, Sweden
  • Chairman of the European Industrial Pellet Suppliers Group (EIPS) and board member of the European Pellet Council (EPC)
  • Previously, Sales Director for the Swedish pellet producer Latgran in Latvia

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Michael A. Danzer

  • Deputy head of the division for electrochemical accumulators, Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), Germany
  • Research group leader at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) and lecturer at the University of Ulm
  • Previously, researcher at the Institute for Measurement, Control and Micro-technology, University of Ulm

Speaker at the Conference "Innovative Building Technologies"

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

John Dulac

  • Energy Analyst, Energy Technology Policy Division, International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Previously, international consultant to IEA and Asian Development Bank
  • MSc Urban Planning, MIA Sustainable Urban Development and Environmental Policy, BSc Environmental Engineering

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Harry "Dutch" Dresser

  • Managing Director, Maine Energy Systems, LLC, USA; Program Chairman, Northeast Biomass Heating Exposition, USA
  • Previous President, Maine Pellet Fuels Association, USA
  • Doctorate degree in Education

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

David Dungate

  • Director, Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) and Chair of the BTEC Technical Advisory Committee, USA
  • President, Bioenergy Project Partners, LLC, USA
  • Master in environmental engineering (M. Eng.)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Hans-Peter Ebert

  • Head of the division for energy efficiency, "Bayerischen Zentrum für Angewandte Energieforschung" (ZAE Bayern), Germany
  • Chairman of the working group on thermal physics, "Deutschen Gesellschaft für thermische Analyse"
  • Doctorate degree in physics, University of Würzburg

Speaker at the Conference "Innovative Building Technologies"

Christiane Egger

  • Deputy manager of the OÖ Energiesparverband and manager of the Oekoenergie-Cluster
  • 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 Policies"

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, Münster
  • Diploma in Landscape Ecology from University Münster

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 "Innovative Building Technologies"

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 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 Policies"

Eunate Goiti

  • Project Manager in the Construction Unit and Manager of the NanoE2BCluster, Tecnalia R&I, Spain,
  • Previously, Researcher at Institute of Polymer Science and Technology, CSIC, Madrid
  • PhD in Chemistry, University of Salford (UK); Master degree in Polymer Chemistry, University of the Basque Country (Spain)

Speaker at the Conference "Innovative Building Technologies"

Thomas Götz

  • Research Fellow, Research Group 2: Energy, Transport and Climate Policy of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany
  • Formerly, researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, Competence Center for Sustainability and Infrastructure Systems
  • Degree in Geoecology from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

MEP Fiona Hall

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

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Hans Hartmann

  • Head of the subject area "biogenic solid fuels" at the "Technologie- und Förderzentrum" (TFZ), Germany
  • Over 20 years experience in applied research on the energetic use of renewable resources
  • PhD in Agricultural Sciences

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Johannes D. Hengstenberg

  • Founder & CEO of co2online and SEnerCon, Germany
  • Previously, Founder & CEO of Arbeitsgruppe Energie; CEO of Global Challenges Network and researcher at Max-Planck-Institute
  • PhD in Economics

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Andreas H. Hermelink

  • Managing Consultant, Deputy Head of "Buildings" (International), Director of Ecofys office in Berlin, Germany
  • 13 years of experience in energy-related user behavior, life cycle assessment, cost-benefit analysis and application of the Passive House philosophy in new construction and renovation
  • Degree in business administration (Dipl.-Kfm.) and Civil Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.), Doctorate in the field of sustainability-oriented assessment of buildings (Dr.-Ing.)

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Jaap J.N.M. Hogeling

  • Manager of international affairs of ISSO, the Dutch Building Services Knowledge Centre, The Netherlands, and chairperson of the CEN-TC371 Programme Committee on EPBD (Energy Performance Buildings Directive)
  • Previously, Managing Director of ISSO and director of KBI
  • MSc and ME, Delft Technical University

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Tetiana Ignatenko

  • Secretary General, Ukrainian Pellet Union, Ukraine
  • Previously, Head of the Industry Events Department, Renewable Energy Centre/Innovative Business Centre
  • MA in Ecology and Environment Protection and Practical Psychology, National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Ewan Jones

  • Principal Engineer at AECOM, UK, specialised in energy efficiency, renewable energy and dynamic thermal modelling
  • 7 years experience in thermal modelling of buildings and optimising energy strategies
  • Master of Engineering, specialised in renewable energy, University of Durham

Speaker at the Conference "Innovative Building Technologies"

Paul Kenny

  • CEO, Tipperary Energy Agency, Ireland
  • Expert on community wind energy, biomass heat development, public sector energy management and building energy renovation
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Lukas Kranzl

  • Senior Researcher, Energy Economics Group, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • More than 15 years experience in energy system research; coordination of research projects in the field of sustainable energy systems with a focus on building related energy consumption
  • Degree in industrial engineering and PhD in energy economics, Vienna University of Technology

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Clemens Kraus

  • Coordinator, PEFC Austria, Austria
  • Previous work experience in the paper and building material industry and in wood market research
  • Degrees in Forestry and Wood Technology and Global Innovation Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Austria) and Turku School of Economics (Finland)

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 Tallin University of Technology
  • 2009 - 2012 senior lead in the energy programme for SITRA, the Finnish Innovation Fund

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Lucinda Maclagan

  • Coordinator of the Concerted Action Energy Efficiency Directive (CA EED) Energy and Climate Change, NL Agency, The Netherlands
  • Over twenty years experience working in energy policy development and implementation
  • Extensive participation in international energy cooperation and information exchange programmes

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Policies"

Alexander Makhonko

  • General Manager of JSC "Timber Terminal "Factor", Ust-Luga Port, Russia
  • PhD in Economics

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Silvio Mergner

  • Senior Consultant for Global Biofutures Practice, Pöyry Management Consulting, Germany
  • More than 6 years of experience in forestry and bioenergy markets
  • Engineering degree in Forestry from the University of Freiburg (Germany) and the University of British Columbia (Canada)

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Wolfram Moritz

  • General Manager of the MPW Institute LLC, USA, and partner at MPW Legal & Tax, Germany
  • Previously, consultant for Energy Service Companies regarding strategic, sales, legal and financial issues
  • Degree in economics and business administration (Dipl.-Kfm.)

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Policies"

Ingwald Obernberger

  • Managing Director of Bios Bioenergy Systems, Austria
  • Head of the research group "Energetic Use of Biomass", Institute for Process and Particle Engineering, Technical University Graz
  • Professor at the Technical University Graz

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

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 Conference "Innovative Building Technologies"

Annalisa Rossana Paniz

  • Senior Managing Expert, Italian Agriforestry Energy Association (AIEL), Italy
  • Pellet certification expert and responsible for ENplus in Italy; Member of the executive board, European Pellet Council (EPC)
  • Degree in Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Padua, Italy

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

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"

Francisco Puente

  • Projects Director, ESCAN Energy Consulting, Spain
  • Lecturer, Rey Juan Carlos University
  • PhD Industrial Engineering and MSc Energy and Fuels Engineer

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Marie-Laure Rabot-Querci

  • R&D Manager at SUPRA SA, France
  • PhD in wood combustion sciences, Degree in wood technologies engineering

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Olga S. Rakitova

  • General director and chief editor of the magazine "The Bioenergy International.Russia"; executive director of the National Bioenergy Union, Russia
  • Previously, bioenergy director in the Wood Industries Confederation of North-West Russia
  • Master in Management, woodworking and forestry specialization (St. Petersburg), MBA-program at 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
  • Previously, responsible for the issue renewable energy sources at the Energieverwertungsagentur
  • Study of Physics, Philosophy and History

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Marc Ringel

  • Professor of Energy Economics, University of Applied Economics and Environmental Sciences Nürtingen-Geislingen, Germany
  • Previously, Deputy Head of Unit at the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology; national Expert at the Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission
  • Correspondent for the Integrated Energy Roadmap of the EU Research Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Policies"

Andreas Roskam

  • Managing director of KCO Cogeneration and Bioenergy and of other subsidiary companies of the Group KOHLBACH, Austria
  • Technical training in mechanical engineering

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Tony Ryan

  • Divisional Building Technology Manager at Kingspan Insulated Panels, UK
  • Accredited Low Carbon Consultant for the design of commercial buildings in the UK
  • BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy and BEng in Building Services Engineering, Cork Institute of Technology

Speaker at the Conference "Innovative Building Technologies"

Christoph Schmidl

  • Head of Unit "small-scale combustion systems" at Bioenergy 2020+, Austria
  • Programme Director "Regenerative energy systems and technical energy management", FH Wiener Neustadt, Austria
  • Previously, researcher at Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Christian Schraube

  • Researcher at EIFER, Germany, responsible for laboratory and field experiments and innovative heating technology
  • 10 years experimental work in the areas of CHP, fuel cells, small-scale biomass boilers and solar thermal
  • Degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University Munich and the University of Karlsruhe

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Markus Schwarz

  • Researcher in the Department of Energy Technologies, Energy Institute at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria
  • Previous work experience at Siemens
  • Currently pursuing a doctorate in social and economic sciences at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, holds degrees in Urban Technologies (Dipl.Ing.(FH)) and Energy Management (P.MSc)

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Adam Sherman

  • Consultant with the Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC), focusing on wood energy program design and the assessment of wood fuel and heating project feasibility
  • Chair of the Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group (NEBTWG)
  • More than 19 years experience in the biomass energy industry

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Reinhard Six

  • Senior engineer for energy efficiency and renewable energy, European Investment Bank
  • Previously, Project Manager of Rhônalpénergie-Environnement
  • Degree in Thermal Engineering

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Robert Stoffers

  • Managing Director of "juwi Energielösungen", Germany
  • Previously, business opportunity development at Deutsche Bank, primacom and co-founder of AGBC (American-German Business Club)
  • Degree in Economics and Business Administration, University of Michigan and WHU / Kellogg

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Hon Adriana Taylor MLC

  • Member of the Tasmanian (Australia) Legislative Council
  • Previously Mayor (2005-2011) and Alderwoman (1999-2011) of the City of Glenorchy (Tasmania)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of New England; Diploma in Education, University of Tasmania

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Giulio Volpi

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

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Tobias Wagner

  • Researcher and Deputy Head of Department, Department of Building Climatology and Building Services, Technical University Munich
  • Consulting services in the fields of energy efficiency and energy supply
  • Degree in Environmental Planning and Ecological Engineering, degree in Architecture (Diploma)

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Johannes Waselmayr

  • Project planning/sales with a focus on wood pellet production and pellet storage technology, Albert Knoblinger GmbH & Co KG, Austria
  • Professional experience in the fields of air and suction technology and of mechanical conveying Technology

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

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"