Speakers 2021

Heidelinde Adensam

Speaker Industry Conference

  • Head of Department Energy Efficiency and Buildings, Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK), Austria
  • Involved in the coordination of the heating strategy and the implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive
  • Doctorate in Social and Economic Sciences
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Renata Adomavičienė

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Head of Business Development Division, Public Investment Development Agency (VIPA), Lithuania
  • Previously, International Cooperation Project Manager, VIPA, Lithuania
  • Master in Civil Engineering, Vilnius Gediminas technical university, Lithuania
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Amela Ajanovic

Speaker E-Mobility Conference

  • Assistant Professor, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
  • Lecturer and faculty member, Continuing Education Centre, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
  • PhD in Energy Economics, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
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Filippos Anagnostopoulos

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Senior Associate, Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP), Belgium
  • Previous work experience for Ernst&Young, Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), European Climate Foundation (ECF) and the European Parliament
  • MSc in Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
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Gabriela Barrera

Speaker E-Mobility Conference

  • Coordinator Clean Vehicles & Air Quality, POLIS Network, Belgium
  • Member of DG MOVE Sustainable Transport Forum and DG GROW Advisory Group on Vehicle Emission Standards (AGVES)
  • MA in Environmental Studies, Free University of Brussels/Belgium; MA in Biology, Autonomous University of Mexico
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Gottfried Baumann-Leitner

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Sales and Export Manager, Windhager, Austria
  • Over 10 years of experience in international sales of biomass heating solutions
  • Degree in Engineering
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Daniel Becker

Speaker Policy Conference

  • Director, Guidehouse, Germany
  • Previously, Unit Director, Policy Design and Evaluation, Ecofys, Germany
  • Degree in Economics and Political Science
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Martin Bentele

Speaker Pellet Conference

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

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Senior Systems Integrator in Energy Storage, TNO, The Netherlands
  • 12 years of experience in product and process development in energy, semicon, chemistry and space domains
  • PhD in Physical Chemistry, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Chiel Boonstra

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Owner and Senior Energy Expert, Trecodome, The Netherlands; Board Member, International Solar Energy Society (ISES)
  • Previously, International Director, DHV and W/E consultants, The Netherlands
  • Degree in Architecture, Technical University Delft, The Netherlands
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Charles Henri Bourgois

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Co-Founder & Senior Expert in energy efficiency, Factor4, Germany
  • Over 20 years of experience as project manager, senior consultant and start-up founder in the fields of energy efficiency, EPC and renewable energy
  • MA in Electromechanical Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium
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Jean-Sébastien Broc

Speaker Policy Conference

  • Researcher, Institute for European Energy & Climate Policy (IEECP), The Netherlands; Coordinator of the H2020 project ENEFIRST
  • Previously, Researcher, IMT Atlantique (formerly Ecole des Mines de Nantes), France
  • PhD in Energy Engineering, Mines Paristech and Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France
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Marco Calderoni

Chairperson Innovation Workshops

  • Chairman of the Renewable Heating and Cooling European Technology and Innovation Platform (RHC ETIP); Senior Project Manager, R2M Solutions, Italy
  • More than 15 years of experience on solar thermal technology research
  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
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Antoni Castells Sanabra

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Solar specialist, Ecotherm, Austria
  • Work experience in solar steam and solar concentrating technologies for process heat, solar cooling and district heating applications
  • Master’s in Industrial Engineering, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
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Guglielmo Cioni

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Vice President Business Development, TVP Solar, Switzerland
  • Vice Chair of the Steering Committee, European Solar Thermal Technology Platform (ESTTP); Member of the Board, Renewable Heating and Cooling European Technology and Innovation Platform (RHC-ETIP); and Vice President, Solar Heat Europe
  • Master’s degrees in Nuclear Engineering, University of Pisa/Italy and in Finance, Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management/Belgium
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Luis Manuel Rodrigues Coelho

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Assistant Professor, Centre for Energy and Environment Research (CINEA), Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (IPS), Portugal
  • 30 years of experience in international R&I projects related to combustion, geothermal energy, solar energy, biomass, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), pollutant emissions, and air quality
  • PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
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Elizabeth Connelly

Speaker E-Mobility Conference

  • Energy Technology and Transport Analyst, International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Previously, Transportation Analyst at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Systems Analyst at Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy, USA
  • PhD in Systems Engineering, University of Virginia, USA
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Luís Couto

Innovation Workshops

  • Co-Founder & CFO, GoParity, Portugal
  • 15 years of experience in the banking industry
  • Master in Business Administration, Católica University/Portugal and PUC University/Brazil; Degree in Economics, Portucalense University, Portugal
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Gerhard Dell

Speaker Pellet Conference
Speaker Policy Conference
Speaker Industry Conference
Speaker E-Mobility Conference

  • 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

 

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Barbara De Kezel

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Business Developer, Vlaams Energiebedrijf, Belgium
  • 15 years of experience in consultancy and project management in environmental services in the field of energy performance and efficiency
  • MSc in Bioscience Engineering, University of Ghent, Belgium
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Pedro Dias

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Secretary General, Solar Heat Europe
  • Experience in the field of gas retail and commercialisation of heating equipment, as well as in non-governmental sector in Portugal and at European level
  • Degree in Management, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal
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Clement Dumont

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Oversight Engineer, Heliopac and Arkteos, France
  • Previously, Mechanical Engineer, EU-funded project COSMHYC
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Arts et Métiers ParisTech, France
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Christiane Egger

Speaker Pellet Conference
Speaker Industy Conference
Speaker Policy Conference

  • 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)
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Henning Ehrenstein

Speaker Industry Conference

  • Deputy Head of Unit, Energy Intensive Industries and Raw Materials, European Commission, DG GROW
  • Previously, Deputy Head of Unit, Services Directive and Policy, European Commission, DG GROW
  • MA in Economics and Politics, University of Edinburgh, UK
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Johann Emhofer

Chairperson Innovation Workshops

  • Scientist, Centre for Energy, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  • Previously, Project Assistant, Atominstitut, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • PhD in Low temperature Physics and Superconductivity, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
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Werner Emhofer

Speaker Pellet Conference

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

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • CEO, Measure Connect Display, Sweden
  • Previously, Head of Quality, Northvolt, Sweden
  • MSc in Chemical Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm/Sweden and Technische Universität Wien/Austria
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Matteo Favero

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • ENplus® and ariaPulita® certification specialist, Italian Agroforestry Energy Association (AIEL), Italy
  • Previously, responsible of trade and supply chain, ETIFOR, FSC Italian National Office, Italy
  • PhD in Forest Policy and Economics, University of Padova, Italy
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Akila Fernando

Speaker Industry Conference

  • Deputy General Manager Engineering, Brandix Lanka, Sri Lanka
  • Charted Engineer, and Accredited Energy Manager from Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority
  • MSc. in Combined Energy Systems, Royal Institute of Technology/Sweden; Master’s in Energy Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya/Spain
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Egbert Figgemeier

Speaker E-Mobility Conference

  • Group Leader, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  • Professor and Chair for "Ageing and Reliability of Batteries", RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • PhD in Chemistry, Paderborn University, Germany
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Thomas Führer

Speaker Industry Conference

  • Head of Building Automation and Location Manager Hagenberg, STIWA Group, Austria
  • Lecturer, Applied Energy Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria
  • Engineering degree in Computer Science

 

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Christophe Garnier

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Area Sales Manager, Prodesa, and Head of Prodesa France
  • responsible for development of projects in Europe and French speaking countries and product and commercial development in different areas of America and Europe
  • Background in Technical Science with 25 years of experience in the biomass field
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Gilles Gauthier

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Business Development & Membership Director and EPC Manager, Bioenergy Europe; General Manager, European Pellet Council (EPC)
  • Previously, Coordinator of the Belgian Biomass Valorisation Association (ValBiom)
  • Degree in Industrial Engineering with specialisation in agriculture and environment
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Jan Geiss

Chairperson Policy Conference

  • Secretary General, European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources (EUFORES)
  • Previously, President of the Renewable Energy House, Brussels
  • PhD in Political Science and Economics, University of Passau, Germany
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Ourania Georgoutsakou

Speaker Policy Conference

  • Secretary General, LightingEurope
  • Previously, Senior Policy Coordinator, Assembly of European Regions
  • Degrees in European Law and Policy Making
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Javier Gil Barnó

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • R&D Director Biomass Department, National Renewable Energy Centre (CENER), Spain
  • Previously, Head of Thermochemical Applications Service, CENER, Spain
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Zaragoza, Spain
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Erwin Giling

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Senior Project Manager, Department of Sustainable Process and Energy Systems, TNO, The Netherlands
  • over 30 years of experience in R&D&E, current focus on scaling up sustainable technologies related to the electrification of industry, energy storage and conversion
  • PhD in Applied Physics, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
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Jesse Glicker

Chairperson Innovation Workshops

  • Project Manager, Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), Belgium
  • Previously, Junior Analyst on clean energy investment and finance, International Energy Agency
  • MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment, University College London, UK
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Ralf Goldmann

Speaker Policy Conference

  • Head of Division Energy Efficiency & Energy Advisory, European Investment Bank
  • Previously, Head of Division, Berlin Energy Agency, Germany
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
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André Große

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Development and Project Engineer, Fahrenheit, Germany
  • Experience in the conception, optimising and realisation of heat exchangers, thermal driven heat pumps and their whole systems
  • Master's degree in Engineering, Energy and Resource Efficiency
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Alessandro Guercio

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Business Development Manager, Guercio Energy & Environment, Italy
  • Previously, Sales Manager at Turboden and ITI Engineering, Italy
  • PhD in Energetics, University of Trieste, Italy; MA in Energy Efficiency
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Peter Gyuris

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Project Manager, Geonardo Environmental Technologies, Hungary
  • more than 10 years of experience in EU-funded environmental projects, and in research on various environmental topics
  • MSc. in Geography and Geoinformatics
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Neil Harrison

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Director, re:heat, UK
  • Previously, Chairman, Wood Heat Association; Senior Biomass Consultant, Scottish Agricultural College, UK
  • MSc Rural Resource Management, Newcastle University, UK
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Hans Hennig

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Consultant HVAC & Energy, Siemens Smart Infrastructure, The Netherlands
  • 20 years of experience in various functions of HVAC design and in setting up Energy Service Companies (ESCO) for advisory, installation and energy companies
  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Nyenrode Business Universiteit, The Netherlands
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Anette Jahn

Speaker Policy Conference

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

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • General Manager, Green Chiller Association, and Managing Director, Dr. Jakob energy research (JER), Germany
  • Previously, CTO/Director, SolarNext and General Manager, Forschungszentrum Nachhaltige Energietechnik, Germany
  • PhD in Applied Thermodynamics, De Montfort University/UK; Engineering degree in Building Physics
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Silvia Jané

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Project Manager, R+D+I programmes, VEOLIA Serveis Catalunya, Spain
  • Previously, international coordinator in the expansion and development of consultancy
  • Degree in Chemical Industrial Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), and in Business and Management Administration, IESE Business School, Spain
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Aleksandra Klenke

Speaker E-Mobility Conference

  • Policy Officer, European Commission, DG MOVE
  • Previously, Policy Officer in charge of interinstitutional relations with the EU Council, European Commission, DG MOVE
  • Master’s in Applied Economics, Lille University of Science and Technology/France; Master’s degree in Business Management, Warsaw School of Economics/Poland
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Nelson Koch

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • R&D Engineer in Energy Systems, Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM), Switzerland
  • MSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Smart Grids Science and Technology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
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Jaap Koppejan

Speaker Industry Conference

  • Managing Director & Founder, ProBiomass; and Technical Director & Founder, Bio Forte, The Netherlands
  • Country representative for the Netherlands in IEA Bioenergy task 32 - biomass combustion
  • MSc. in Applied Physics, University of Twente, The Netherlands
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Lukas Kranzl

Chairperson Young Energy Researchers Conference

  • Senior Researcher, Energy Economics Group, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
  • Around 20 years of experience working on future perspectives of sustainable energy systems
  • PhD in Energy Economics and Degree in Industrial Engineering, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
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Akshay Kumbhar

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Sales and Export Manager Solar Thermal, Ecotherm, Austria
  • Previously, Purchase Engineer, Emerson Process Management, India; Project Engineer, Alfa Laval, India
  • MSc. in Sustainable Energy Systems, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria/Austria, Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, COEP/India
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Bharadwaj Kummamuru

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Executive Director, World Bioenergy Association
  • Previously, Project Officer, World Bioenergy Association
  • MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems, KTH Royal Institute of Technology/Sweden and Eindhoven University of Technology/NL
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Benoît Lebot

Speaker Policy Conference

  • Senior Climate Change and Clean Energy Advisor, Ministry of Ecological Transition, France
  • Previously, Executive Director, International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC); Climate Change and Clean Energy specialist at UNDP, IEA, ADEME
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering, University of California in Berkeley/USA; MS in Civil Engineering, ENTPE/France
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Stefan Lechtenböhmer

Speaker Industry Conference

  • Director Future Energy and Industry Systems, Wuppertal Institute, Germany
  • Adjunct Professorship in Environmental and Energy Systems, Lund University, Sweden
  • PhD (Dr. rer. pol), International Institute of Management, Europa-Universität Flensburg, Germany
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Volker Lenz

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Head of Division, Thermal-chemical Conversion, DBFZ, Germany
  • Head of research on intelligent biomass heating technologies (Smart Biomass Heat), DBFZ, Germany
  • Doctorate in Engineering, degree in Aerospace Engineering, Dipl.-Energiewirt (FH)
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Jian Liu

Speaker E-Mobility Conference

  • Associate Professor, Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission (ERI of NDRC), China
  • External expert for the International Energy Agency (IEA) and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • PhD in Transport Engineering, University of Oxford, UK
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Karsten Löffler

Speaker Policy Conference

  • Head Frankfurt School, UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, Germany
  • Chairman, Sustainable Finance Advisory Board of the German Federal Government; Member, EU Platform on Sustainable Finance
  • Degree in Business Administration, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
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Roberto Lollini

Speaker and Chairperson Innovation Workshops

  • Research Group Leader "Energy Efficient Buildings", Eurac Research, Italy; Coordinator of the H2020 projects Cultural-E, 4RinEU and ExcEED,
  • Previously, Researcher, Construction Technologies Institute (ITC) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Italy
  • MS in Civil Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
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Keith Lovegrove

Speaker Industry Conference

  • Managing Director, ITP Thermal, Australia
  • Previously, Solar Thermal Group Leader, Australian National University, Australia
  • PhD, Australian National University, Australia
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Robert Mack

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Researcher, Technology and Support Centre (TFZ), Germany
  • Previously, work experience at the Kompetenzzentrum Kraft-Wärme-Kopplung, OTH – Technical University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Degree in Environmental Engineering
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Jean-François Marchand

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Co-Founder and Senior Consultant, Energinvest, Belgium; President of the Executive Committee, Belesco - Belgian ESCOs association
  • 20 years of experience in the energy sector, energy efficiency and energy efficiency financing
  • Degree in Marketing
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Luis Marqués

Speaker Industry Conference

  • Energy Performance Director and Co-Founder, GEN Europe, Spain
  • Expert on energy management and energy performance indicators, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • MSc in Architecture, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain; Certified Measurement & Verification Professional (CMVP)
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Pietro Menna

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Energy
  • Professional experience in European and International Institutes and Organisations, including ENEA (Italy) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (USA)
  • Doctorate in Chemical Engineering
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Thomas Messervey

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • CEO, R2M Solution, Italy
  • Previous work experience for D'Appolonia (Innovation), European Commission (IMS Program) and the US Army
  • Doctorate in Civil Engineering, University of Pavia, Italy
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Thomas Meth

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Enviva, USA
  • Chairman of the United States Industrial Pellet Association
  • MBA, Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business, USA
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Helena Mölter

Speaker Policy Conference

  • Researcher, Wuppertal Institute, Germany
  • Research focus on climate protection innovations for industry, green recovery
  • MSc. in Industrial Engineering, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
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Miquel Morata

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Head of Unit R&D, COMSA, Spain; Coordinator for the H2020 project HYBUILD
  • Previously, R&D Project Manager, COMSA and Project Engineer, CIMNE, Spain
  • MSc. in Civil Engineer, Polytechnical University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain
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Brian Motherway

Speaker Policy Conference

  • Head of Energy Efficiency Division, International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Previously, Chief Executive, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • PhD in Sociology, Trinity College, Ireland; Master’s degree in Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, USA
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Gordon Murray

Chairperson Pellet Conference

  • 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
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Michael Nagl

Chairperson E-Mobility Conference

  • Region of Upper Austria, Directorate Environment and Water Management, Department of Environmental Protection, Austria
  • Head of the Unit Strategic Energy Planning
  • Master’s of Engineering in Process Technology
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Nilufar Neyestani

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Senior Researcher of Energy and Power Systems, INESC TEC, Portugal
  • Work experience as Technical Manager for consultancy service projects
  • PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management, Universidade da Beira Interior/Portugal; MSc. in Electrical Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology/Iran
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Àngels Orduña Cao

Speaker Industry Conference

  • Executive Director, A.SPIRE, Belgium
  • Extensive experience in EU and international collaboration for technology and business development through multi-partner, multi-country and multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Master’s degree in International Relations, Barcelona Institute for International Studies, Spain
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Stefan Ortner

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Managing Director, ÖkoFEN Global Headquarters, Austria
  • 10 years of experience in the areas of product management, R&D, marketing and international market development for pellet heating systems
  • Degree in Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria
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Christoph Panhuber

Speaker Industry Conference

  • General Manager, Energie AG Oberösterreich Renewable Power; PV Coordinator, Energie AG Oberösterreich, Austria
  • Previously, Head of Division Solar Electronics, Fronius International, Austria
  • Engineering degree in Physics, Johannes Kepler Universität, Austria
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Sotiris Papadelis

Speaker and Chairperson Innovation Workshops

  • Director, Hebes Intelligence, Greece
  • Previously, Researcher, University of Piraeus and Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • MSc in Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
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Riccardo Pinotti

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of energy efficiency in buildings, Eurac Research, Italy
  • Research experience in hygro-thermal analyses and energy dynamic modelling applied to buildings
  • PhD in Sustainable Energies and Technologies, Free University of Bolzano, Italy
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Francisco Puente

Chairperson Pellet Conference

  • General Manager, 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
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Ricardo Ramos

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Project Manager, EDP Comercial, Portugal
  • Previously, Business Developer, EDP Comercial, Portugal
  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering for Power Systems, Téchnico Lisboa, Portugal
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Andreas Reinhardt

Speaker E-Mobility Conference

  • Head of Energy Services, Linz AG/Austria; Lecturer on e-mobility, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria in Hagenberg/Austria
  • Previously, product development and management of robot controls, KEBA Gruppe, Austria
  • Degree in Electrical Engineering, Graz University of Technology/Austria; MBA for General Management, LIMAK Austrian Business School/Austria
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Olga Rakitova

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • 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's in Management, specialisation in woodworking and forestry, St. Petersburg; MBA, Reutlingen University of Applied Science, Germany
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Jürgen Rennar

Speaker E-Mobility Conference

  • Head of CoE Global Car Fleet, SAP, Germany
  • Previously, Project Lead for E-Mobility, SAP, Germany
  • BA in Economics, Cooperative State University Mannheim, Germany
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Axel Richard

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Certification Manager of Flamme Verte; Policy Officer for solid fuel domestic heating, French renewable energy association (SER), France
  • Previously, Policy officer for geothermal energy and buildings regulation, SER, France
  • Degree in Engineering
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Pablo Rodero

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • 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
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Yaseen Salie

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Bioenergy Analyst and Project Manager, GreenCape, South Africa
  • Steering Committee member for South African Biogas Industry Association (SABIA)
  • BTech in Chemical Engineering, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa
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Carlos Sánchez Rivero

Speaker Policy Conference

  • Team Leader Financing for Energy Efficiency, European Commission, DG Energy
  • Previously, Performance Auditor, European Court of Auditors (ECA); Analyst in private equity asset management and real estate investment firms
  • Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
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Marion Santini

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project, Belgium
  • 15 years of experience in climate and energy legislation and corporate engagement for Coalition for Energy Savings and WWF
  • Master’s degree in European public affairs, Sciences Po Strasbourg, France
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Alexander Sauer

Speaker Industry Conference

  • Head of Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production at the University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA), Germany
  • Doctorate in Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
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Axel Schäfer

Speaker E-Mobility Conference

  • Managing Director and Founder, Bundesverband Fuhrparkmanagement, Germany
  • Previously, self-employed as trainer and consultant and technical author; Lecturer, Nürtingen University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Degree in Financing and Leasing Management, VWA Freiburg, Germany
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Velimir Šegon

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Deputy Managing Director, North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency (REGEA), Croatia
  • Previously, Senior Researcher, Energy Institute Hrvoje Pozar, Croatia
  • MSc in Energy Technologies/Electrical Engineering, University of Zagreb, Croatia
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Ming Shan

Speaker Pellet Conference

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

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Project Manager, Danish Board of Technology, Denmark
  • Work experience in citizen and stakeholder engagement in the fields of climate change and energy policy
  • MSc in Technoanthropology, Aalborg University, Denmark
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Andrius Smaliukas

Speaker Pellet Conference

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

Chairperson Young Energy Researchers Conference

  • Head of Center of Excellence Energy, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria
  • Head of Research Group ASiC, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria
  • PhD in Mechatronics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
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Anneli Teelahk

Speaker Industry Conference

  • Senior Policy Officer, European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE)
  • Previously, Lawyer for the electricity and gas transmission system operator Elering, Estonia
  • MA in Law, University of Tartu, Estonia
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Samuel Thomas

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Senior Advisor, Europe Team, Regulatory Assistance Project; Head of Secretariat, User-Centred Energy Systems Technology Collaboration Programme (Users TCP) by IEA
  • 20 years of experience as a public policy analyst, including for the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the UK government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • MSc in Economics, University of London’s Birkbeck College, UK
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Kari Thunshelle

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Senior Research Scientist, SINTEF Community, Norway
  • over 20 years of experience in managing international and national research projects
  • Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering, NTNU/Norway, and in Marketing Management, Oslo Business School/Norway
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Patrizia Ilda Valentini

Speaker E-Mobility Conference

  • Business Development Manager Electric Vehicles & New Mobility, Renault Österreich, Austria
  • 20 years of experience in the automotive industry
  • Degree in Commercial Science, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
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Giulio Volpi

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Coordinator of the bioenergy policy, European Commission, Directorate General for Energy
  • Previously, Directorate General for Environment
  • Master’s degrees in Environmental Management and in Political Science
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Qian Wang

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Research, Business Development and Innovation Specialist, Uponor, Sweden
  • over 10 years of experience in R&D of HVAC systems in academia and the industrial sector
  • PhD in Architectural and Building Sciences/Technologies, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
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Conny Weber

Chairperson Innovation Workshops

  • Head of Programmes, European Crowdfunding Network, Belgium; Research Director, Innovation Service Network (ISN), Austria
  • Lecturer in Innovation Finance, Donau Universität Krems, Austria
  • PhD in Information Science and Information Systems, Karl Franzens Universität, Austria
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Adrian Werner

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Research scientist, SINTEF, Norway
  • Over 20 years of project experience on circular economy, value chain design, energy management and efficiency, regional/macro-economics
  • PhD in Operations Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
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Maximilian Wimmer

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Senior Researcher, Stiftung Umweltenergierecht (SUER), Germany
  • Previously, Research Assistant at an institute for public law, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg/Germany and Lecturer in European Union Law
  • Doctor of Laws (Dr. iur.), FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
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Henk Witte

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Senior Project Leader, Groenholland, The Netherlands
  • Over 25 years of experience in the field of geothermal energy and turnkey ground source heat pump systems
  • PhD in Mathematical Biology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Ursula Wittstadt

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Senior Development Engineer, Fahrenheit, Germany
  • Previously, Senior Researcher and Team Leader, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Germany
  • Doctorate in Engineering, Technical University Berlin, Germany
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Christoph Zauner

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Senior Research Engineer, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  • Previously, Engineer for Nanoident Technologies
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Technische Universität Wien; degree in Physics, University of Vienna, Austria
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Theodor Zillner

Speaker Young Energy Researchers Conference

  • Deputy Head, Division for energy and environmental technologies, Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK), Austria
  • Programme Manager of the impulse programme "Stadt der Zukunft" (city of the future), Austria
  • Degree in Mechanical and Process Engineering, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
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Gabriel Zsembinszki

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Researcher, GREiA research group at the University of Lleida, Spain
  • Previously, involved in the coordination of the H202 EU-funded project INPATH-TES
  • PhD in Physics, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
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