Speakers 2022

Niklas Andersson

Speaker E-Mobility Conference

  • Director Electric Solutions, Volvo Trucks, Sweden
  • 20 years of experience in product development and product management, mostly in automotive business
  • MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Lund University, Sweden
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Dražen Balić

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Head of Department of Energy Generation and Energy Markets, Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar, Croatia
  • Experience in energy system modelling and planning, simulation of electricity markets, and integration of heat and power sector
  • PhD in Energy Systems, FMENA, Croatia
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Ingo Ball

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Senior Project Manager, WIP Renewable Energies, Germany
  • Experience in the areas of biorefineries, international networking and small hydropower
  • BSc. Management of Renewable Energies, Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Degree in Sports Science, Technical University Munich, Germany
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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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Johannes Baur

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Team leader, Decarbonisation and Sustainability of Energy Sources, European Commission, DG Energy
  • Responsible for the revision of the Renewables Energy Directive adopted in 2018 and for bioenergy issues
  • PhD in Modern History, Germany
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Hans Martin Behr

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • CEO of PowerPellets Vertriebs and Consultant for the "Deutsches Pelletinstituts"(DEPI), Germany
  • Court Surveyor, Member and Convenor of different standardisation committees
  • Degree in Forestry, Universität Göttingen, Germany
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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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Afonso Bertucci

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • 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
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Claudia Canevari

Speaker Policy Conference

  • Head of Unit, Energy Efficiency, European Commission, DG Energy
  • 25 years of experience in the European Commission in DG Energy, DG Communication and DG Environment
  • Master of Laws, London School of Economics
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Ute Collier

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Deputy Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, International Renewable Energy Agency, United Arab Emirates
  • Previous work experience at the NGO Practical Action, the International Energy Agency and the UK Committee on Climate Change
  • PhD in Energy Policy, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
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Giulia Conforto

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Researcher, e-think energy research, Austria
  • Previously, Partnership Associate, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) – United Nations, Austria; Energy Consultant (Enel Business Support Coordinator), Enel for Fincons, Italy
  • Master in Diplomatic Studies, SIOI, Italy; MSc in Energy Studies – Energy Economics, University of Dundee, UK
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Clémence Contant

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Communications Manager, REVOLVE, Belgium
  • Previously, Marketing Project Manager, Delfin Industrial Vacuum Cleaners, Italy
  • MBA Cultural Marketing, France
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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 and Managing Director of OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
  • Lecturer at the University of Linz, Austria
  • Doctorate and Post-Graduate Degrees (PhD engineering, Dr. tech.) in Electrical Engineering and Energy Economics

 

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Benedetta Di Costanzo

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Project Manager, WIP Renewable Energies, Germany
  • Previously, Project and Policy Officer, COGEN Europe, Belgium
  • MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Europe, Poland; Master's degree in International Relations, LUISS Guido Carli University, Italy
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Andrea Di Gregorio

Speaker Policy Conference

  • Executive 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; MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
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Irene di Padua

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Policy Director and Coordinator of the Domestic Heating working group, Bioenergy Europe
  • Previously, Policy Officer at Bioenergy European and Solar Heat Europe/ESTIF; EU Affairs Assistant at EUBIA and European Chemical Regions Network (ECRN)
  • MA in European Studies, Institute of EU studies, ULB/Belgium; BA in International Relationship and Diplomatic Sciences, University of Trieste, Italy
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Neven Duić

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Professor, Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • President of the Management Board, Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES Centre), Croatia
  • PhD in Engineering, University of Zagreb, Croatia
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Christiane Egger

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Deputy General Manager of the OÖ Energiesparverband and Manager of the Cleantech-Cluster Energy, Austria
  • Conference Director of the World Sustainable Energy Days
  • Degrees in Law (University of Graz) and Environmental Engineering (Technical University of Graz), Austria
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Rainer Elste

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Director, Steinbeis-Beratungszentrum Vertriebs- und Marketinginstitut, Germany
  • Professor in Marketing & Sales, Esslingen University, Germany
  • Doctorate in Marketing, Branding and Consumer Behaviour, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Germany
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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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Charles Esser

Speaker Policy Conference

  • Secretary General, Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), Belgium
  • Previously, Oil Market Analyst at IEA, and Energy Analyst at International Crisis Group
  • Master's degree in International Relations and International Economics, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, USA
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Manfred Fischedick

Speaker Industry Conference

  • Scientific Managing Director and Member of the Management Board, Wuppertal Institute, Germany
  • Professor of Economics, Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, University of Wuppertal, Germany
  • Doctorate in Energy Technology, University of Stuttgart, Germany; Degree in Chemical Engineering, University of Dortmund, 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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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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Dolf Gielen

Speaker E-Mobility Conference

  • Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre, Germany
  • Over 25 years of experience in energy transition strategy development and implementation as well as technology policy in an international context
  • PhD from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
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Alfons Haber

Speaker Industry Conference

  • Executive Director of E-Control Austria, Austria
  • Previously, Professor of Network and System Integration, Landshut University of Applied Sciences and Technical University of Munich, Germany, and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Doctorate in Technical Sciences, Graz University of Technology, Austria; Executive MBA, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland
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Hans Hartmann

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Head of Department Solid Biofuels, Technologie- und Förderzentrum (TFZ), Germany
  • 30 years of experience in applied research on the energetic use of renewable resources; Delegate for the International Energy Agency Task 32 "Combustion"
  • PhD in Agricultural Sciences, Technical University of Munich, Germany
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Marcus Hummel

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Managing Director and Senior Researcher, e-think energy research, Austria
  • Previously, Senior Researcher, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
  • MSc. in Process Engineering – Energy and Environmental Engineering, Technische Universität Wien, Austria

     

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Karina Knaus

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Head of Economy, Consumers and Prices, Austrian Energy Agency, Austria
  • Previously, Deputy Head of Department for Regulation and Competition, E-Control, Austria
  • PhD in Economics, University of Vienna, Austria; Post Graduate Diploma in Economics for Competition Law, King's College London, UK
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Ken’ichiro Kojima

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Chairman, Pellet Club Japan, Japan
  • CEO, Lab Forest Inc., Japan
  • Master’s degree in Agricultural Science, Shimane University, Japan
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Stefan Kopp

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • International Sales Director and Head of Technical Sales Department, Hargassner, Austria
  • Previously, Export Area Sales Manager, Hargassner, Austria; International Sales Manager, Fischer Sports, Austria
  • MA in Cultural and Social Sciences – Economics and Law, Paris-Lodron Universität Salzburg, Austria
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Günter Leitgeb

Speaker Industry Conference

  • Technical Director, Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf, Austria
  • Pulp Mill & Energy Manager at Smurfit Kappa, and different management positions at Mondi Frantschach, Austria
  • Master's degree in Chemical and Process Engineering, Graz University of Technology, Austria
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Christoph Leitinger

Speaker E-Mobility Conference

  • Project Manager for E-Mobility, Energie AG Oberösterreich, Austria
  • Member of the Board, Austrian Federal Association for Electric Mobility (BEÖ), Austria 
  • PhD in Technical Sciences, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
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Thomas Meth

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Enviva, USA
  • Chairman of the United States Industrial Pellet Association
  • MBA, University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business, USA
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Emilija Mihajloska

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Researcher, International Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES-Skopje), Republic of North Macedonia
  • Research experience on renewable heating and energy efficiency, bioeconomy, sustainability and greenhouse gas inventory
  • MSc in Electrical Engineering, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
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Nadine Müller

Speaker Policy Conference

  • Policy Officer, European Commission, SG - Recovery and Resilience Task Force
  • Over 10 years of experience in State Aid for energy and environmental protection
  • LLM in European Studies, Saarbrücken/Germany and Master in Law, Liège/Belgium
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Samra Muratspahic

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Consultant, ENOVA, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Experience in the fields of sustainable energy use, resource efficiency, cleaner production in industries, air pollution and climate change analysis
  • MSc. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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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)
  • BSc in Forestry, University of British Columbia, Canada
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Michael Nagl

Chairperson of the Smart 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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Angel Nikolaev

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Manager, Black Sea Energy Research Centre, Bulgaria
  • Previously, Expert in Energy Economics and Policy, Black Sea Energy Research Centre, Bulgaria
  • MSc in Environmental Management and Policy, Lund University, Sweden; MSc in Energy Economics and Management, Sofia University, Bulgaria
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Christine Öhlinger

Chairperson Pellet Conference
Chairperson Industry Conference

  • 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 in Energy & Environmental Advice

     

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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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Sem Oxenaar

Speaker Policy Conference

  • Project Manager with expertise on energy communities and citizen-led renovation programmes, REScoop.eu, Belgium 
  • Previously, Advisor/Researcher in sustainability transitions, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT), Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

     

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Martin Porter

Speaker Policy Conference

  • Executive Chair, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), United Kingdom
  • Previously, Executive Director, Industry and Innovation at the European Climate Foundation
  • PhD, University of Bath School of Management, United Kingdom
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Francisco Puente Salve

Speaker Pellet Conference
Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • General Manager, ESCAN Energy Consulting, Spain
  • Previously, Technological Engineer for ENEL Group and Planning Engineer at Técnicas Reunidas, Spain
  • PhD in Industrial Engineering, University of Vigo, Spain; Executive MBA, EOI Business School, Spain
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Jakob Rager

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Director, CREM, Switzerland
  • Coordinator of the H2020 project EnerMaps
  • Doctorate in Urban Energy System Design and Certificate of Advanced Study in Governing Energy Transition, EPFL, Switzerland
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Marie Rajon Bernard

Speaker E-Mobility Conference

  • Associate Researcher, International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), Germany
  • Previously, Electric Vehicle Fellow, International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), USA
  • Master's in Energy, Civil Infrastructure, and Climate, UC Berkeley, USA; Engineering Diploma in Aerospace Engineering, ISAE Supaero, France
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Christian Rakos

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • CEO of proPellets Austria and Save Energy Austria
  • President of the World Bioenergy Association
  • Doctorate in Technical Physics, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
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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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Nikolas Reschen

Speaker Young Energy Researchers Conference

  • Policy Officer, Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria
  • Junior Scientist, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  • Master of Public Policy, Hertie School, Germany
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Pablo Rodero

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Responsible of Biofuels Certification, AVEBIOM, Spain; President of the European Pellet Council
  • Expert on bioenergy and solid biomass quality, and former President of Bioenergy Europe
  • Master’s degree in Forestry Engineering, Universidad Politénica de Madrid, Spain
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Dominik Rutz

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Head of Unit Bioenergy and Bioeconomy, WIP Renewable Energies, Germany
  • Chair of the Biomass Technology Panel of the European Technology Platform for Renewable Heating and Cooling (ETIP RHC)
  • Engineering degree in Landscape Planning and MSc. in Consumer Science, Technical University Munich, Germany
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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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Jürgen Schneider

Speaker Policy Conference

  • Director General Climate and Energy, Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK), Austria
  • Previously, spokesman and member of the management board, Environment Agency Austria; Project manager in the field of environment and health, WHO, Germany
  • PhD in Chemistry, University of Vienna, Austria
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Michael Schubert

Speaker E-Mobility Conference

  • Business Developer, Project Manager and Renewable Energy Expert, Fronius International, Austria
  • Previously, Project Manager, Siemens, Austria
  • Degree in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
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Markus Schwarz

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Senior Researcher, BEST – Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies, Austria
  • Over 15 years of experience in the development and optimisation of biomass boilers and stoves
  • Doctorate in Technical Sciences and Degree in Chemistry, Technische Universität Wien, Austria

     

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Gerald Steinmaurer

Speaker Industry Conference
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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Roel Swierenga

Speaker E-Mobility Conference

  • 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
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Robert Szolak

Speaker Industry Conference

  • Head of Department Thermochemical Processes, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
  • focus on emission reduction, catalysis and the use of renewable fuels in applications
  • Degree in Engineering, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Germany
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Herbert Tretter

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • Senior Expert Renewable Energy, Austrian Energy Agency, Austria
  • Coordinator of the H2020 project REPLACE
  • Degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering – Energy Economics, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
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Kai Tullius

Speaker E-Mobility Conference

  • Policy Officer, European Commission, DG MOVE
  • Work experience for the European Commission in DG Energy and DG CNECT, as well as for a Transport IT consultancy in Germany
  • Master’s degree in Economics, University of Hamburg, Germany
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Dirk Uwe Sauer

Speaker Industry Conference

  • Professor for Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage System Technology, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Chairman of the Board of "Energy Systems of the Future" (ESYS) and Presidium Member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
  • PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Electrochemistry, Ulm University, Germany
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Floor van der Hilst

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Associate Professor, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Co-Chair, IEA Bioenergy Task 45 on sustainability of bioenergy in the context of the wider bioeconomy
  • PhD in Sustainability of Bioenergy, Utrecht and Wageningen University, The Netherlands
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Emanuel Wagner

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Managing Director, Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC), USA
  • Programme Director, Technology Transition Coorporation (TTC) and Deputy Director , California Hydrogen Business Council, USA
  • Degree in Political Science, University of Potsdam, Germany
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Eric Wilczynski

Speaker Innovation Workshops

  • PhD Research Student, Eurac Research, Italy
  • Previously, Junior Researcher, European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition (ERCST), Belgium
  • PhD Candidate, University of Geneva, Switzerland / Utrecht University, The Netherlands; MS in Energy and Earth Resources, University of Texas at Austin, USA
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Gerhard Wimmer

Speaker E-Mobility Conference

  • E-Mobility Expert & Consultant, KEBA Energy Automation, Austria
  • Sales Director E-Mobility Austria, KEBA AG, Austria; CTO, e+s electric, Austria
  • Degree in Electrical Engineering
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Elisabeth Wopienka

Chairperson Young Energy Researchers Conference

  • Area Management – Fixed Bed Conversion Systems, BEST – Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies, Austria
  • Research experience in the field of biomass combustion and thermochemical conversion
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
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Fahimeh Yazdan Panah

Speaker Pellet Conference

  • Director of Research and Technical Development, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
  • Research Associate, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada
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