Speakers 2020

Siegfried Aigner

  • Managing Partner, Aigner Energie Contracting, Austria
  • 18 years’ experience in biomass heat contracting, the realisation of heat plants and district heating systems, quality auditor and international consulting
  • Degree in Chemical and Process Engineering, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Henrik BÃ¥ge

  • CEO and Co-Founder, Phoenix BioiPower, Sweden
  • Previously, Business Development Manager, SolTech Energy, Sweden
  • Master’s degree in Politcal Science and Economics, Uppsala University, Sweden

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Stefan Baumann

  • Key Account Manager, The Mobility House, Germany
  • Previously, certified electromobility consultant and sales specialist, BMW/MINI
  • BA in Business Administration

Speaker of the Smart E-Mobility Conference

Gottfried Baumann-Leitner

  • Sales and Export Manager, Windhager, Austria
  • Over 9 years of experience in international sales of biomass heating solutions
  • Degree in Engineering

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Martin Bentele

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

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Afonso Bertucci

  • Project Leader, Braspell Bioenergia, Brazil
  • Experienced in green projects for the pulp and paper industry and in developing a forest and carbon credit markets
  • MSc in Chemical Engineering, University of Manchester, UK

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Adam Brown

  • Managing Director, Energy Insights, UK
  • Previously, Senior Energy Analyst focussing on renewable energy policy and technology issues, IEA
  • PhD in Chemical Physics, University of Cambridge, UK

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Martina Caminada  

  • Managing Director, proPellets.ch, Switzerland
  • Previously, Forestry department of the Canton of St. Gallen and Research Associate, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Master’s degree in Environmental Science, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Lluc Canals Casals         

  • Post-doc researcher, Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC), Spain
  • Expert for the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology Collaboration Programme
  • Doctorate degree, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain

Speaker of the Smart E-Mobility Conference

Maria del Mar Rojas

  • EP100 Senior Campaign Manager, The Climate Group, UK
  • Previously, Programme Manager, FARMroots, GrowNYC, USA
  • MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development, University College London, UK

Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

Gerhard Dell

  • Energy Commissioner to the Upper Austrian Government, Director of OÖ Energiesparverband 
  • Lecturer at the University of Linz 
  • Doctorate and post-graduate degrees (PhD engineering, Dr. tech.) in Electrical Engineering and Energy Economics

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference
Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference
Speaker of the Smart E-Mobility Conference

Andrea Di Gregorio

  • Director of Energy Efficiency & Renewables Office (Reem), Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, United Arab Emirates
  • Previously, PMO Director, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, United Arab Emirates
  • MBA, SDA Bocconi, Italy, and MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference

Ion Dogeanu 

  • Executive Director, AEEPM – Local Energy Agency Bucharest, Romania
  • Previously, Executive Director of Public Services, Bucharest District 1, Romania
  • Master's degree in Business and Territorial Management, University D’Artois, France

Speaker of the workshop "New opportunities for energy agencies"

Jayson Dong

  • Policy Manager, European Association for Electromobility (AVERE)
  • Previously, Policy Officer at Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SmartEN), Belgium
  • MSc in Politics and Government in the European Union, London School of Economics, UK

Speaker of the Smart E-Mobility Conference

Mia Dragović Matosović

  • Energy Efficiency Expert, Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP), The Netherlands
  • Previously, Senior Researcher, Energy Institute Hrvoje Pozar, Croatia
  • MBA, Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin (Germany); Bachelor of Science, Rochester Institue of Technology (USA) 

Speaker of the Green Financing Workshop

Christiane Egger

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

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference
Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference
Speaker of the European Energy Efficiency Conference

Werner Emhofer  

  • Sales Manager Export, Fröling, Austria
  • 15 years of experience in the sales of biomass heating systems
  • Degree in Economics, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria 

Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

Daniel Encinas Martín

  • Technical Coordinator, Regional Energy Agency of Extremadura (AGENEX), Spain
  • Previously, Project Engineer in energy and industry
  • Degree in Industrial Engineering, University of Seville; Master’s degree in Research in Engineering and Architecture, University of Extremadura; Degree in Integrated Management of Environment and Quality, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain

Speaker of the Workshop "New opportunities for energy agencies"

Alex Epik

  • Senior Consultant SEC "Biomass" and Researcher, Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU)
  • Work experience in the fields of climate change and energy policies and of pyrolysis and solid biomass combustion investigation 
  • MSc and BSc in Thermophysics

Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference
Speaker of the Young Biomass Researchers Conference

 Assen Gasharov

  • Senior Expert on Energy Efficiency, European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Previously, Senior Expert on Energy and Climate, European Commission and Programme Manager for Knowledge Transfer, International Energy Agency (IEA) 
  • MSc in Environmental Management, University of Oxford/UK and MSc in Environmental Policy, Central European University/Hungary

Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

Speaker of the Green Financing Workshop

Marielen Haider-Madl

  • Senior Project Manager, TIGER Coatings, Austria
  • Previously, Energy Efficiency Technician, Wien Energie, Austria
  • Engineering degree in Energy and Environment Management

Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

Adam Harvey

    • Professor of Process Intensification and Head of the Process Intensification Group, Newcastle University, UK
    • Research in the fields of biofuel processing, reactor design and non-thermal plasmas, particularly on the intensification of various biofuel processes
    • PhD from the University of Edinburgh, UK; MEng Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

    Seamus Hoyne

    • Head of Development, Limerick Institute of Technology and Chair of the Board of Tipperary Energy Agency, Ireland
    • Secretary General of FEDARENE (European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment) 
    • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in Renewable Energy, University of Limerick; MSc in Energy Management, University of Ulster, Ireland

    Speaker of the Workshop "New opportunities for energy agencies"
    Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference

    Wolfgang Hribernik

    • Head of the Center for Energy, Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Austria
    • Coordinator of the NEFI (New Energy for Industry) Programme
    • Doctorate in Technical Sciences, ETH Zürich, Switzerland; Degree in Electrical Engineering, Technische Universität Wien, Austria

    Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

    Anette Jahn 

    • Head of Sector, Energy Efficiency Unit, European Commission, EASME
    • Previously, Head of Sector, Renewable Energy Unit and Policy Officer, DG Energy, European Commission
    • Master of Arts in International Politics, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; Degree in Economics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

    Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference
    Speaker of the workshop "New opportunities for energy agencies"

     Sergio A. Jaimes Rueda

    • PhD student in Chemical Engineering, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
    • Previously, Assistant Professor and Researcher, Universidade Estadual do Rio Grande do Sul and Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná, Brazil
    • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Universidade Federal do Pará, Brazil; Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

    Mihkel Jugaste

    • Head of Quality and Certification Systems, Graanul Invest Group,  Estonia
    • Member of the Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) Standards Committee
    • Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Cleaner Production, Tallinn Technical University, Estonia; Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, University of Exeter, UK 

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

    Hannes Jungmair

    • Manager Global Facility Management, Starlim Spritzguss, Austria
    • Previously, Head of IT and Head of Facility, Starlim Sterner
    • Degree in IT and Organisation 

    Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

    Paul Kenny

    • CEO, Tipperary Energy Agency, Ireland
    • Expert on community wind energy, biomass heat development, public sector energy management and building energy renovation
    • MSc Energy, Heriot-Watt University/UK; Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering, University College Dublin/Ireland

    Speaker of the Green Financing Workshop

    Jaroslav Klusák

    • Senior Energy Manager, City of Litoměřice, Czech Republic
    • Previous work experience as energy consultant
    • Doctorate in Environmental Economics

    Speaker of the Green Financing Workshop

    Boštjan Krajnc

    • Managing Director, Energy Agency of Savinjska, Å aleÅ¡ka and KoroÅ¡ka Region (KSSENA), Croatia
    • Over 15 years of experience in carrying out energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for the Municipality of Velenje and in the implementation of the Local Energy Concepts of the Region
    • BSc in Mechanical Engineering

    Speaker of the Workshop "New opportunities for energy agencies"

     Anna Krämer

    • EU Project Advisor, Cities Northern Netherlands EU Office, Brussels
    • Joint Master’s degree in European Studies, University of Groningen (The Netherlands) / Georg-August Universität Göttingen (Germany)

    Speaker of the Green Financing Workshop

     Vlasta Krmelj

    • Director of the Regional Energy Agency of Podravje (ENERGAP) and Mayor of the Municipality Selnica ob Dravi, Slovenia
    • Expert in the fields of sustainable energy use and renewable energy sources, energy management and financing energy projects
    • PhD in Chemical Engineering

    Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference

    Pia Alina Lange

    • Head of Internal & External Communications, European Industry Association for Advanced Rechargeable batteries (RECHARGE)
    • Previously, Communications Adviser, TGW Future Foundation, Austria
    • Master’s degree in Economic Science, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria 

    Speaker of the Smart E-Mobility Conference

    Sofiia Levinska

    • Project Manager and PR Manager, Bioenergy Association of Ukraine; Junior Consultant, Scientific Engineering Centre "Biomass", Ukraine
    • Previously, Leading Engineer, Department of Thermophysical Bioenergy Problems, National Academy of Science of Ukraine (NASU), Ukraine
    • Master’s degree in Heat and Power Engineering, Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

    Bruce Lisle

    • CEO, President and Founder of Energex, USA
    • Previously, Director and President of the Pellet Fuels Institute
    • Bachelor of Science, University of Denver, USA

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

    Kenny Lisle

    • Business Development Manager, Energex Corporation, USA
    • Previously, Sales Associate and Quality Control Manager, Energex Corporation, USA
    • Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics with minor in Business, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

    Hanne May

    • Head of Communication, German Energy Agency (dena), Germany
    • Previously, Head of Energy Consult for Edelman.ergo and Editor-in-chief of the trade magazines "neue energie" and "new energy"
    • Master’s degree in German Literature, History of Art and Journalism, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

    Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference

    Gordon Murray

    • Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC)
    • Board Member of the European Pellet Council; Member of the Steering Committee, Biomass Power Group of the UK Renewable Energy Association; Member of the Stakeholder Advisory Group of the Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP)
    • Bachelor of Science in Forestry, University of British Columbia, Canada

    Speaker and chairperson of the European Pellet Conference

    Christine Öhlinger

    • Head of Sector International Tasks, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
    • Project management of international projects in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy
    • Diploma in Law, postgraduate training on energy & environmental advice

    Speaker of the Green Financing Workshop

    Meri Olenius

    • Leader of the Smart Energy Solutions Research Team, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland
    • MSc student in Management and Information Technology, Tampere University, Finnland
    • BSc in Chemical Engineering, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finnland;

    Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference

    Herbert Ortner

    • Founder and Managing Director of ÖkoFEN Forschungs- und Entwicklungs, Austria
    • Pioneer in the field of biomass boilers. ÖkoFEN developed and market launched the first pellet-heating in Austria in the 1990s
    • Studies in Engineering                               

    Speaker of the Smart E-Mobility Conference

    Adam Pawelas

    • Director Supply Chain Sustainability & Environment, Carlsberg Supply Company, Switzerland
    • Previously, Environmental and Facility Advisor, Metro Group Buying, Poland/Germany
    • Post-graduate trainings in energy management; Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Warsaw University (Poland)/Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)

    Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

    Lurian Pires Klein

    • PhD student on sustainable energy systems, University of Coimbra/MIT Portugal Initiative, Portugal
    • Work experience as Project Manager & Innovation Analyst, Virtual Power Solutions (VPS), Portugal, and Operations Director at Movimento 90o, Brazil
    • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering

    Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference
    Speaker of the Young Energy Efficiency Researchers Conference

    Francisco Puente

    • Business Development Director, ESCAN Energy Consulting, Spain
    • Previously, Lecturer on Energy Resources and Technologies, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
    • PhD in Industrial Engineering, University of Vigo; Executive MBA, EOI Business School; MSc in Energy and Fuels Engineering, Politechnic University of Madrid, Spain

    Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

    Christian Rakos

    • CEO of proPellets Austria and Save Energy Austria
    • Member of the Board of the European Pellet Council and Austrian Biomass Association
    • Doctorate in Technical Physics, Technische Universität Wien, Austria

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

    Jürgen Rennar

    • Procurement Specialist, SAP, Germany
    • Responsible for SAP’s global e-mobility strategy as well as finance and accounting related to SAP’s global car fleet 
    • BA in Business Administration, Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) Mannheim, Germany

    Speaker of the Smart E-Mobility Conference

    Pablo Rodero

    • Responsible of biofuels certification for AVEBIOM, Spain; President of the European Pellet Council; Director of Bioenergy Europe (former AEBIOM)
    • Expert on bioenergy and solid biomass quality
    • Master’s degree in Forestry Engineering, Universidad Politénica de Madrid, Spain

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

    Olivier Roussel

    • Head of Development of renewable energy projects, SEM Energies Hauts-de-France, France
    • 19 years of experience in small hydropower project development
    • Degree in Agricultural Engineering, École Nationale Supérieure d’Agronomie et des Industries Alimentaires, France; Master’s degree in Population and Ecosystem Biology, Faculté Libre des Sciences de Lille, France

    Speaker of the Green Financing Workshop

    Christoph Schmidl

    • Key Researcher, BEST - Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies (formerly Bioenergy 2020+); Head of Master Programme "Renewable Energy Systems and Technical Energy Management", University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt, Austria
    • Previously, Unit Head Small-scale Combustion Systems, Bioenergy 2020+, Austria
    • Doctorate in Technical Chemistry, Technische Universität Wien, Austria

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

    Ming Shan

    • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Building Science, Tsinghua University, China
    • 10 years of experience on building energy efficiency and renewable energy utilisation
    • Doctorate in Building Science and Degree in Civil Engineering 

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

    Michael Sillén

    • Manager, Storsthlm Energy Agency, Sweden
    • Over 20 years of experience as an expert and consultant in the fields of renewable energy, climate policy and sustainable urban development
    • Degree in Social Science, University of Lund, Sweden

    Speaker of the workshop "New opportunities for energy agencies"

    Andrius Smaliukas

    • CEO, Baltpool Biomass Exchange (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Denmark, Finland)
    • 12 years of experience in the financial sector and regulated markets
    • Master’s degree in Law and Economics, Vilnius University, Lithuania

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

    Nicholas Stancioff

    • Member of Management Board of "Funding For Future" (The Netherlands) and of the Latvian Building Energy Efficiency Fund (LABEEF) 
    • Previously, Chairman, Intercapital Property Development Company (ICPD)  
    • MBA, University of Virginia, USA; BA in Literature and Mathematics, American University in Washington DC, USA

    Speaker of the Green Financing Workshop

    William Strauss

    • President and Founder of FutureMetrics, USA
    • Founder and a Director of Maine Energy Systems, USA
    • Doctorate in Economics and Earth Systems Science and MBA with specialisation in Finance, University of New Hampshire, USA

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

    Jeremy Sung

    • Energy Analyst, Energy Efficiency Division, International Energy Agency (IEA)
    • Experience as energy and climate change analyst in the UK and Vietnam and in electricity-sector emissions projections, energy efficiency policy and carbon pricing for the Australian Government  
    • MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation, London School of Economics, UK; BA, University of Sydney, Australia

    Speaker of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference

    Roel Swierenga

    • Chairman, Hansa Green Tour Foundation, The Netherlands
    • Director of Hanze Development, Cleantech Acceleration Consultancy, The Netherlands
    • Degrees in International Governance, Export Management, Strategic Business Development and Social Enterprises, The Netherlands

    Speaker of the Smart E-Mobility Conference

    Julie Tucker

    • National Lead for Renewable Wood Energy, United States Forest Service, USA
    • Previously, environmental engineering consultant and attorney for industry, government, and non-profits
    • Juris Doctor, North Carolina Central University School of Law, USA; Bachelor of Engineering, Vanderbilt University, USA

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

    Hannes Tuohiniitty

    • CEO, Finnish Pellet Energy Association; President, Bioenergy Europe; Sector Manager, Bioenergy Association of Finland
    • Previously, Executive Director, Finnish Pellet Energy Association, Finland 
    • Bachelor  of Environmental Management and Agriculture, Laurea Polytechnic, Finland; studying for a master’s degree in Business Development on Bioeconomy, Häme University of Applied Sciences, Finland

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

    Alexander Van Heuverswyn

    • Sales Manager, PetroBio, Sweden
    • Previously, Sales and Marketing Director, XANT, Belgium
    • MBA, Vlekho/KU Leuven, Belgium; Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Katholieke Hogeschool Sint-Lieven, Belgium

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

    Lakshmishree Venugopal

    • Consultant for sustainable building design & energy efficiency, Transsolar Klima Engineering, Germany
    • Previously, Architect, Hasta Architects India
    • MSc in Climadesign, Technical University of Munich, Germany; B.Architecture, University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE), Bangalore University, India

    Speaker of the Energy Efficiency Policy Conference

    Eric Vial

    • Director of Propellet France; Manager of the French association for biomass boilers (SFCB), President of the European Pellet Council; Board Member of the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM)
    • Previously, founder of Caloribois, France 
    • Bachelor of Business Administration, ESDES, France 

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

    Étienne Viénot

    • Project Manager of European and International Affairs, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Énergie Environnement (AURA-EE), France
    • Expertise in energy data collection and dissemination to public authorities through regional energy observatory
    • Master’s degree in Geography, University of La Réunion, France, Degree in Sustainable Energy, Asder, France

    Speaker of the workshop "New opportunities for energy agencies"

    Alen Višnjić

    • Director of Medjimurje Energy Agency (MENEA), Croatia
    • Professional experience in energy projects and strategic & financial management
    • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, University of Zagreb, Croatia

    Speaker of the workshop "New opportunities for energy agencies"

    Savvas Vlachos

    • Director, Cyprus Energy Agency, Cyprus
    • 12 years of experience in environmental engineering, energy auditing, developing Sustainable Energy and Climate Plans, energy efficiency of buildings, financial engineering, project management and training
    • Master of Engineering degrees in Civil Engineering (University of Cyprus, Cyprus) and in Environmental Engineering (Technical University of Crete, Greece)

    Speaker of the workshop "New opportunities for energy agencies"

    Maximilian Weitzer

    • Research Associate, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
    • Working on the topic of carnot-batteries in the working group Combustion & Gasification of Biomass
    • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

    Stefan Wittkopf

    • Professor, Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HSWT), Germany
    • Peviously, Expert for the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forests, Germany
    • Doctorate degree from the Technical University of Munich and graduate degree in Forestry from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference

    Fredrik Zetterlund

    • Program Manager Biopower and Heat, Swedish Bioenergy Association (Svebio) and Secretary General, Swedish Pellet Association
    • Previously, Project Manager and Senior Consultant for energy and waste, Ramboll, Sweden
    • MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

    Speaker of the European Pellet Conference