Speakers 2015

Francisco X Aguilar

  • Associate professor, Department of Forestry, School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri, USA
  • Member of a team of Specialists on Wood Energy, United Nations Economic for Europe (UNECE) Forestry and Timber Section
  • PhD in Forestry, degrees in Agricultural Economics, Sustainable Agricultural Systems and in Agronomic Engineering

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Aleksandra Arcipowska

  • Project Manager at Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)
  • Previously, Project Manager, Institute for Sustainable Development (INE-ISD); Consultant, Institute for Renewable Energies (IEO)
  • PhD student, Department of Environmental Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland; MSc Engineering in Environmental Science

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Muhammed Ariful Islam

  • Research Assistant, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Germany
  • Previously, Assistant Chemical Engineer at Youngone, Bangladesh
  • MSc in Chemical Engineering

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Manfred Arnold

  • Managing Director, Inglas Productions GmbH, Germany, technical focus: Lamination and Development
  • Project partner of the EU FP7 project: HarWin
  • Doctorate in Natural Sciences and Engineering Degree in Physics (Dr. rer. nat. Dipl. Phys.)

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Catia Baldassarri

  • Scientific Officer, Sustainability Unit, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
  • Previously, Research Fellow, Industrial Engineering Department, University of Perugia
  • PhD in Industrial Engineering, MSc in Civil Engineering

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Hans Martin Behr

  • Scientific advisor of the "Deutschen Pelletinstituts" (DEPI); Board Member of the "Deutscher Energieholz- und Pellet-Verband" (DEPV)
  • Executive Manager of "Power Pellets Vertriebs", Germany
  • Degree in Forestry, Universität Göttingen, Germany

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

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

Shankar Bogati

  • Research Assistant, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
  • Participant of the WinSmart project
  • PhD Student at Fraunhofer ISE; MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Universität Duisburg-Essen

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Werner Bohlheim

  • Quality Manager, LiSEC Austria, Austria
  • Member of ISO and CEN Working Groups and Technical Committee; experience in the field of national and international standardisation
  • Graduate degree in engineering; Bachelor of Business Administration

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Nils Borg

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

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch"

Jürgen Brandt

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

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Adam Brown

  • Senior Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency in Paris, Renewable Energy Division
  • Over 30 years of experience in planning, developing and managing renewable energy programmes for government and in consultancy assignments in the UK and abroad
  • Doctorate in Chemical Physics, Cambridge University, UK

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Veit Bürger

  • Deputy Head of Energy & Climate, Öko-Institut, Germany
  • Previously, senior researcher in the field of Energy and Climate Change at the Öko-Institut, 10 years of experience in the development and assessment of policy instruments for the sustainable transformation of the building sector
  • Doctorate in Physics and Energy

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Brian Cody

  • Professor and head of the Institute for Buildings and Energy, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Founder and CEO of the consulting firm Energy Design Cody and previously Associate Director of the international engineering consultancy Arup
  • Degree in Engineering, University of Dublin, Ireland

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Nicolaus Dahmen

  • Professor, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany
  • responsible for the scientific coordination of research on liquid biomass fuel, Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT)
  • Doctorate in Chemistry at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

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

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Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Madhura Dhamne

  • Senior Research Analyst, Electronics & Semiconductor Department, MARKETSANDMARKETS, India
  • Previously work experience as Technical Marketing Engineer at Symmetry Electronics and as Technology Analyst at Cymer, USA
  • MSc in Electrical Engineering, BE in Electronics & Telecommunication, Professional Certificate in Marketing (UC Berkeley, USA)

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Julije Domac

  • Managing Director of North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency (REGEA) and President of FEDARENE
  • Experience as National Project Co-ordinator for UNIDO, National Project Director for FAO, Expert Evaluator for European Commission and Lead Expert and Consultant for the World Bank
  • PhD in Energy, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Ludwig Dorffmeister

  • Specialist in real estate and construction research, ifo Institute, Germany
  • Representatives of the ifo Institute in the European research network EUROCONSTRUCT
  • Degrees in Economics

Speaker at the Conference "Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings"

Gabriele Eder

  • Senior Scientist, Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology (OFI), Austria
  • Member of the Board of the Austria Technology Platform of Photovoltaics (TPPV)
  • Degrees in Engineering and Technical Chemistry

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Christiane Egger

  • Deputy manager of the OÖ Energiesparverband and manager of the Oekoenergie-Cluster
  • Conference director of the World Sustainable Energy Days
  • Degrees in Law (University of Graz) and Environmental Engineering (Technical University of Graz)

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Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch"
Speaker at the Conference "Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings"

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"

Alexander Frenzl

  • Business Segment Manager, business segments Glass, Ceramics and Building Materials, Netzsch Gerätebau, Germany
  • Responsible for market research and product management and for complexity and variant management
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Anita Fuchsbauer

  • Researcher at Profactor, Austria
  • Previously, postdoctoral fellow and researcher, Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (LIOS), Johannes Kepler Universität Linz; Part-time Lecturer in Eco-Energy Engineering, University of Applied Sciences of Upper Austria
  • PhD in Technical Sciences; Degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in Technical Chemistry

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Gabor Gafka

  • Senior Consultant at Pöyry, in charge of resource management in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Collaboration on development and research projects for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in South America
  • Degree in Forestry, Technical University of Munich, Munich

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Gilles Gauthier

  • Bioenergy Expert,European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) and General Manager, European Pellet Council (EPC)
  • Previously, coordinator of the Belgian Biomass Association (ValBiom)
  • Degree in industrial engineering with a specialisation in agriculture and environment

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Jan Geiss

  • Secretary General of EUFORES – The European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources
  • Previously, President of the Renewable Energy House, Brussels (2011-2014)
  • Dipl.-Kulturwirt; PhD in Political Science and Economics, University of Passau, Germany

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch"

Federico Giovannetti

  • Head of the Working Group Solar Thermal Collectors, Institut für Solarenergieforschung Hameln (ISFH), Germany
  • Work experience as Project Manager and Researcher in the fields of passive solar use and solar thermal collectors
  • PhD in Building Engineering, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany; Degree in Building Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Peter Graham

  • Executive Director, Global Buildings Performance Network
  • Previously, Technical Advisor and Co-ordinator of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative
  • Expert on the topic of global transition to a sustainable building and construction industry

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Johan Granath

  • Senior Vice President Bioenergy, Ekman, Sweden
  • Experience in the field of pellet trade and distribution
  • Master in Business Administration, Gothenburg School of Economics, Sweden

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

James Griffiths

  • Vice President European Affairs, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Switzerland
  • Extensive experience in the field of sustainable forestry; Member of several advisory committees in the field of forestry
  • MA in Political Science; BA Hons in International Politics; BA in Political Science & Psychology

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Alessandro Guercio

  • Sales Area Manager at Turboden
  • Previous work experience as researcher in bioenergy at CETA
  • PhD in Energetics, Università degli Studi di Trieste, Italy

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Florian Haslinger

  • Area Sales Manager, Hargassner, Austria
  • Work experience in technical building equipment and as a skilled metal worker
  • Degree in Innovation and Product Management

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Andreas H. Hermelink

  • Managing Consultant, Deputy Head of "Buildings" (International), Director of Ecofys office in Berlin, Germany
  • 15 years of experience in the application of the minimal energy buildings philosophy in new construction and renovation, the implementation of EPBD, energy-related user behaviour, life cycle assessment, cost-benefit analysis and cost optimality.
  • Degrees in Business Administration and Civil Engineering, Doctorate in Engineering in the field of sustainability assessment of buildings

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Andoni Hidalgo

  • Public Affairs & Communications Manager, Eurima; Member of the Advisory Expert Panel for the Spanish GTR (Refurbishment Working Group)
  • Previously, Public Affairs Consultant in the fields of energy and environment
  • Degree in Law, Post-Graduate degree in EU Affairs, Master degree in Political Communication, University of Barcelona, Spain

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch"

Helmut Hohenstein

  • Owner and General Manager of Dr. Hohenstein Consultancy, active in energy efficiency
  • Previously, Director of ift Rosenheim and Managing Director of Building Products for Pilkington plc
  • PhD (Dr. rer.nat.) in Physics

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Seamus Hoyne

  • Head of Department, Limerick Institute of Technology and Principle Investigator for Centre for Rural and Sustainable Development.
  • Coordinator of Irish Build Up Skills Projects
  • Masters in Engineering, Master of science in Energy Management

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Markus Jandl

  • Project Manager of Lamination at LISEC Austria
  • Experience in R&D of thin glass application and photovoltaic glass-glass encapsulation technology

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Dou Kejun

  • Senior bioenergy expert, China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC)
  • Experience in policy strategy and planning research in the bioenergy field
  • Master in Biochemical Engineering, University of Science & Technology Beijing, China

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Cllr Melville Kendal

  • Executive Member for Income and Capital Resources, Hampshire County Council
  • Chairman – Association of European Regions Climate Change and Energy Committee
  • New Forest District Councillor

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Tim Knoop

  • Senior Vice President of Operations, Viridis Energy, Canada; Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
  • Previously, General Manager of Operations, Pacific BioEnergy Corp., Canada
  • BSc in Resource Management, Applied Science Wood Products Engineering

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Frank Koos

  • Deputy General Manager of "Verband Fenster + Fassade", Germany
  • General Secretary of the Federation of the European Building Joinery Associations (FEMIB), European Plastic Window Association (EPW) and EuroWindoor; Technical Advisor for FEMIB and EPW
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.), Technical University Darmstadt, Germany

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Jaap Koppejan

  • Head of Procede Biomass, The Netherlands; Task leader of IEA Bioenergy Task 32: Biomass Combustion and Cofiring
  • Over 20 years of experience in development of bioenergy projects
  • Degree in Applied Physics, Twente University of Technology, The Netherlands

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Lukas Kranzl

  • Senior Researcher, Energy Economics Group, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • More than 15 years of 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, Austria

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Thomas Kroyer

  • Head of Team "Innovative Coatings", Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Germany
  • Previously, Research Fellow, Accelerators and Beams Department, CERN, Switzerland
  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Jarek Kurnitski

  • Professor, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia; Adjunct Professor, Aalto University, Finland
  • Leader of the NZEB research group at the Tallin University of Technology; Vice-President of REHVA
  • Studies in energy performance and indoor climate of buildings, Building physics and structural engineering

Speaker at the Conference "Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings"

Marcos Martín Larrañaga

  • Vice President of the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) and of the European Pellet Council
  • Director of international relations and lobbying activities for the Spanish Bioenergy Association (AVEBIOM); CEO of Bioenergy Strategies and Bio-E-Resources
  • Master degree in Forestry Management, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain; MBA from INDAE, Spain

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Benoit Lebot

  • Executive Director, International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC)
  • Previously, Climate Change & Sustainable Energy Policy Advisor, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Advisor within the Energy Efficiency Policy Analysis Division, International Energy Agency
  • Civil Engineer with MSc in Mechanical Engineering, University of California in Berkeley, USA

Speaker at the Conference "Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings"

Monique Lévy

  • Research Programme Officer, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, Directorate "Key Enabling Technologies", European Commission
  • Previously, Senior Manager, International Public Affairs, Saint-Gobain
  • PhD in Sciences, PhD in Arts

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Curtis Liposcak

  • Vice-President International Sales and Marketing, Pleotint, USA
  • Previously, President - Crown Operations International
  • Bachelor degree in International Economics, University of Wisconsin, USA

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Bengt-Erik Löfgren

  • CEO of ÄFAB and Coordinator for the Swedish Pellet Association, Sweden
  • Chairperson at Bionordic, UK, and Project Leader for several national and international bioenergy projects
  • Over 30 years of experience in the bioenergy business

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Rüdiger Lohse

  • Head of Section Energy Service Facilitation, KEA Climate Protection and Energy Agency of the State of Baden- Württemberg, Germany
  • Co-operating Agent of IEA, EBC Annex 61 "Business and Technical Concepts for Deep Energy Retrofit of Public Buildings"; Lead of BMWi research project "EDLIG"
  • Degree in Industrial Engineering, Mannheim, Germany

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Maria Losurdo

  • Senior Scientist, National Council of Research, CNR, Italy
  • Previously, Adjunct Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Duke University, USA
  • More than 15 years of experience in the areas of functional and smart materials for renewable and sustainable energy saving and production technologies
  • PhD in Material Science; Master degree in Chemistry, University of Bari, Italy

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Catrin Maby, Severn Wye Energy Agency, UK

  • Chief Executive, Severn Wye Energy Agency, UK; Vice President of FEDARENE
  • Experience in consultancy work with local authorities and communities to develop energy conservation and fuel poverty strategies and action plans, and integrate energy improvements into urban regeneration.
  • MSc in Energy Resources Management, University of South Bank, UK; BA Hons in Engineering Science, University of Oxford, UK

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Leopold Mader

  • Head of Innovation, LiSEC Austria
  • Coordinator of the EU-Project "MEM4WIN"
  • Has held various positions within the LiSEC Group and LiSEC Technologiezentrum

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Markus Mann

  • Managing Director, Westerwälder Holzpellets, Germany
  • Founder and CEO of several successful green energy companies such as Mann Naturenergie, Naturstrom Rheinland-Pfalz, Energiepellets Oberhonnefeld and Energiepellets Hosenfeld
  • Development in 2002 of a vegetable oil-based thermal power plant; set-up in 2009/2010 of a green electricity brand "GRÃœNdlich-Strom", relaunched in June 2010 as "MANN-Strom"

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Peter Marburger

  • Global Account Manager, Siemens Building Technologies; Programme Manager, Siemens Energy Efficiency Programme, Germany
  • Previously, Head of Sales Germany for energy efficiency; Head of Sales initiative for economic the stimulus package in Germany; Head of Sales Transportation and Logistics
  • MSc from Saarland University, Germany; MBA from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, USA

Speaker at the Conference "Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings"

Dieter Moor

  • CEO and BIPV (building integrated photovoltaic) specialist at ertex solar, Austria
  • realised over 1,000 projects in the BIPV sector worldwide with the main target of combining photovoltaic with architecture
  • Previously, CEO at Biokraft Hartberg
  • Degree in Civil Engineering (DI), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna, Austria

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Wolfgang Moritz

  • General Manager of the MPW Institute LLC, USA, and partner at MPW Legal & Tax, Germany
  • Since 1996, consultant for energy service companies regarding strategic, sales, legal and financial issues
  • Degree in economics and business administration

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch"

Gordon Murray

  • Executive Director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC)
  • Experience as a corporate finance advisor to the forestry and bioenergy sectors, in senior management for international forest products manufacturers and as owner and operator of a forestry services company
  • Bachelor of Science in Forestry, University of British Columbia, Canada

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Ulrich Neumann

  • Researcher, Centre for Environmental Systems Research, University of Kassel, Germany
  • Key research activities in energy-efficient construction and renovation of buildings as well as life cycle assessment
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Master degree in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Ingwald Obernberger

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

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Stefan Ortner

  • Management Board, ÖkoFEN Pelletsheizung, Austria
  • Responsible for quality management, marketing and implementation of export markets
  • Degree in Engineering

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Marco Palazzetti

  • Manager of R&D and Member of the Board of Directors, Palazzetti Group, Italy
  • Experienced in consultancy work in the field of bioenergy and energy policies and as representative for Italian and International trade associations
  • Degree in Engineering Management (Diplom), University of Udine, Italy

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Kristian Petrick

  • Operating Agent, IEA-RETD Implementing Agreement; Advisor for renewable energy and energy efficiency policy
  • Previously, Senior Consultant at Ecofys Spain and Factor CO2 Ennova
  • Degree in Industrial Engineering, Technical University Berlin, Germany

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Francisco Puente

  • Projects Director, ESCAN, s.l. Energy Consulting, Spain
  • European Coordinator of USmart.Consumer.eu
  • PhD in Energy and Fuels Engineering, Madrid, Spain

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Bruno Prior

  • Managing Director, Forever Fuels, UK
  • Member of the UK Pellet Council Steering Group; Board Member of the Wood Heat Association; Former Chair of the Renewable Energy Association’s Biomass Heat Sector Group; Trustee of the Institute of Economic Affairs
  • Previously, Managing Director, Summerleaze RE-Generation, UK

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 at the Reutlingen University of Applied Science, Germany

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Christian Rakos

  • Since 2005, Managing Director of proPellets Austria, President of the 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

Oliver Rapf

  • Executive Director of Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)
  • Represents BPIE in the Executive Committee of the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN)
  • Previously, Head of the Climate Business Engagement Unit, WWF International

Speaker at the Conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Josef Rathbauer

  • Head of the Department for Agricultural Engineering Research, BLT Wieselburg, Austria; Chairman of the ON-K 241: Energy from solid biomass from the Austrian Standards Institute
  • Experienced in project management of biomass district heating plants
  • Doctorate in Agricultural Studies, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Paula Rey Garcia

  • Head of building team, Energy Efficiency Unit, DG Energy, European Commission
  • Previously worked for the European Commission on energy efficiency policy and the Energy Efficiency Directive
  • Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain; Masters in Environmental Policy and Regulation, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

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Volker Ribitsch

  • CTO at TecSense, Austria
  • Experience in the development of sensor systems and process control instrumentation and as University Professor for Physical Chemistry
  • PhD in Physical Chemistry, University Graz, Austria

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Gregor Rinke

  • CEO, Seeger Green Energy, Germany, and Expert Advisor for pellet production plants
  • over 15 years of experience in the design and development of engineering services for pellet production plants in Europe and internationally
  • Doctorate in Agricultural Science (Dr.sc.arg.)

Sprecher/in bei der Europäischen Pelletskonferenz

Jean-Louis Scartezzini

  • Professor of Building Physics and Director of Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory (LESO-PB), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
  • Founder of ENAC Institute of Infrastructures, Resources and Environment
  • PhD in Physics and MSc in Physical Engineering (EPFL, Switzerland), MSc in Geophysics (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

Speaker at the Conference "Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings"

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

Martin Schröcker

  • CTO of GlassX, Switzerland
  • Previously, management consulting with Bain & Company and in research and development with Inspire, Switzerland
  • MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures, Imperial College London, UK; BSc in Mechanical Engineering, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Geralt Siebert

  • Professor for structural design and building physics, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany
  • Head of a research group working on R&D projects related to the structural use of glass in civil engineering and solar industry
  • Doctorate in Engineering

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Hannes Spiss

  • Senior Engineer, ARUP London, UK
  • Previously at Eckelt Glas, Saint Gobain (Austria) and Seele Dubai, (United Arab Emirates)

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Holger Streetz

  • International Operations Manager, BVG Vertriebsgesellschaft, Switzerland, and European Representative, Qooco, Singapore
  • Experiences as external consultant for supply chain, logistics and operations management and as Business Development Manager at APAG Chemie
  • Degree in Business Administration in Germany and the Czech Republic

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Yuichi Takemasa

  • Chief Research Engineer, Kajima Technical Research Institute Singapore
  • Specialist, consultant and researcher in the fields of indoor thermal environment, indoor airflows and energy conservation in buildings
  • Doctor of Engineering, University of Tokyo

Speaker at the Conference "Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings"

Samuel Thomas

  • Senior Analyst, International Energy Agency
  • Previously, Deputy Director and Head of Climate Change Economics, Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), UK
  • Masters Degree in Economics; Degree in Economics & History; Post Graduate Certificate in Education

Speaker at the Conference "Energy Efficiency Watch"

Arch. Livia Tirone

  • Pioneer in the field of sustainable construction in Portugal
  • Co-creating THNK Lisbon to be launched in 2015
  • Founder of the Sustainable Construction Initiative and launcher of the Sustainable Construction Living Lab, Portugal.
  • Director of the Lisbon Energy and Environment Agency for 5 years

Speaker at the Conference "Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings"

Volker Viereck

  • Head of the Optical MEMS Group, Institute of Nanostructure Technologies and Analytics, University of Kassel, Germany
  • His work is focussed on area micromirrors and their applications
  • Doctor of Physics, studied at Humboldt University of Berlin and University of Kassel, Germany

Speaker at the European Smart Windows Conference

Stephan Völker

  • Professor of lighting engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
  • Experience at the company Hella KG, as research professor at the University of Paderborn and as guest lecturer at University College London (UCL)
  • Degree in Electrical Engineering and Energy Technology, Doctorate in Lighting Technology (Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil.)

Speaker at the Conference "Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings"

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

Emanuel Wagner

  • Programmes Director, Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC), USA
  • Led the development of BTEC’s comprehensive outreach series, manages marketing and communications activities with industry stakeholders, members and the public
  • Masters Degree in Political Science, University of Potsdam, Germany

Speaker at the European Pellet Conference

Friedrich Wolff

  • Specialist of Technical Service, 3M Advanced Materials Division, Germany
  • Experience in the application and product development of 3M glass bubbles (Hollow Glass Microspheres)
  • Doctorate in Materials Science, Institute of Polymer Materials, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Speaker at the European Smart Windows 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 "Stadt der Zukunft" (city of the future)
  • Degree in mechanical and process engineering, Technical University Vienna, Austria

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