As director of the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn since 2011, Dolf Gielen oversees the agency’s work on advising member countries in the area of technology status and roadmaps, energy planning, cost and markets and innovation policy frameworks.
Before joining IRENA, Dolf Gielen was Chief of the Energy Efficiency and Policy Unit at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna. In that capacity, he managed a number of large projects involving energy efficiency and renewable energy (including those in Sri Lanka, Ukraine and India). Previously, he was a Senior Energy Analyst in the Energy Technology Policy Division of the International Energy Agency, Paris.
Dolf Gielen has a PhD in Energy and Materials Modelling from the Technical University of Delft. He graduated with an MA in Environmental Sciences at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Dominique Ristori (invited)
Director General for Energy, European Commission
Dominique Ristori has worked in the European Commission since 1978 and has held several senior positions. Prior to his current posting, he was Director-General of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) from 2010 to 2013. Between 2006 and 2010 Mr Ristori was Deputy Director General of DG Energy and Transport.
From 2000 to 2006, as Director in charge of General Affairs and Resources in DG Energy and Transport, he was responsible for amongst others interinstitutional relations; enlargement and international relations; coordination of energy and transport research; internal market. Between 1996 and 1999, he was Director in charge of European Energy Policy in DG XVII (Energy).
In the period from 1990 to 1996 Mr Ristori was in charge of transnational cooperation between SMEs in DG III (Enterprise).
Dominique Ristori graduated from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris in 1975.
MEP, European Free Alliance
Claude Turmes has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1999. He was Rapporteur in the ITRE committee for e.g. the Renewables Directive, the Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund and for the Energy Efficiency Directive.
Claude Turmes is a deputy for Luxembourg. He studied physical and sports education, and worked as a teacher from 1986-1999. Already then, he was actively involved in several environmental organisations in Luxembourg and at European level, especially focusing on energy policies.
President, Glen Dimplex
Mr. Sean O‘Driscoll, B Comm, FCA has been Group Chief Executive of Glen Dimplex Group since 1998. Mr. O’Driscoll joined Glen Dimplex in 1990 and served as Group Finance Director and also as its Deputy Chief Executive since 1995. He served as partner of KPMG. He served as a Non Executive Director of Allied Irish Banks plc from September 7, 2006 to April 28, 2010. He served as a Director of AIB Group (UK) p.l.c.
He serves as a Member of the University College Cork President‘s Consultative Board and the Irish Government as a member of the Enterprise Advisory Group established to advice on the implementation of enterprise strategy for Ireland, and the high-level Group overseeing implementation of Ireland’s Asia Strategy.
In April 2006, Mr. O‘Driscoll was awarded an Honorary OBE for his contribution to British Industry. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Glen Dimplex Group. Mr. O’Driscoll is a graduate of University College Cork and is a Chartered Accountant.
Harry Verhaar has over 20 years of experience in the lighting industry, and is Head of Global Public & Government Affairs for Philips Lighting. He is responsible for the strategy, outreach and stakeholder management on energy & climate change, resource efficiency and sustainable development, with a key focus on the role of the LED lighting revolution.
He has since the end of 2003 been the architect of the lighting strategy on energy and climate change, which has resulted in a global momentum on phasing out of old lighting technologies.
He is responsible for Philips’ relationship management with the UN and the World Bank and is a founding member of UNEP’s en.lighten program and the SE4All’s Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform. He is chairman of the European Alliance to Save Energy and is president of the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association.
Senior Associate, European Climate Foundation
Erica joined the European Climate Foundation in 2013 and works as a Senior Associate in Brussels and London.
In London she works for the UK programme, developing strategies and grants designed to support the UK’s low carbon transition. This has included some pioneering work with Imperial College and the Institute for Public Policy Research on heat decarbonisation.
In Brussels her main focus is on integrating the demand side into EU energy policy. Erica previously led the policy and advocacy activities of NGO network Climate Action Network Europe on energy efficiency, helping to establish the influential Coalition for Energy Savings. From 2005-2009 she was researcher to Green MEP Caroline Lucas. She has an MA in Human Sciences from Oxford University.
Dr. Andreas Bühring
Research & Development of Heat Pumps and Ventilation, Viessmann
Born 1962 in Hamburg, after school and professional education starting my studies of mechanical engineering / thermodynamics at Technical University, finishing 1996 at the Pre-Development of Robert Bosch GmbH.
1996 to 2006 Research of Heat Pump technologies and ventilation systems at Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg. 2001 finishing PhD about Heat Pumps in Passive Houses.
Since 2007 working at Viessmann Group. Up to end of 2016 responsible for Research and Development of Heat Pumps and Ventilation Systems.
Technical Leader Airbus Group
HVAC commissioning for industrial projects
- 7 years (Tunisia, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, china, Turkey….)
- 8 years for Johnson Controls France
13 years for NANTES plant concerning investments of production means
- surface treatment, chemical milling,
- aluminium chips treatment,
- waste water final station,
- HVAC buildings huge dimensions
Since 2011 for SAINT NAZAIRE plant for:
- Manufacturing A350 NOF
“Multi-Functional Team” MFT painting and Surface Treatment for Airbus Group in the world, since 2005
- Read the Technical Functions Specifications (TFS)
- Participate to the call for tender (CFT)
- Follow the 2 frame contract signed between Airbus and 2 suppliers for all the painting projects.
Senior Policy Advisor Public Affairs, IKEA
Eva Stal has held different management positions within Sales, Customer relations, PR & Communication and Sustainability in IKEA Retail Sweden and IKEA Retail Russia. Currently, she is Senior Policy Advisor Public Affairs.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning
Deputy Director of Fraunhofer Institute
Prof. Hans-Martin Henning is director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany and owner of a full professorship “Technical energy systems” in the department of mechanical engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Prof. Henning finished his PhD in physics in 1993 at Oldenburg University and started working with Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg in 1994. Key areas of his research cover technical energy systems for buildings and energy system analysis. He plays a leading role in the development of computer models for the simulation and optimization of complex energy systems and their application to investigate the development of national / regional energy systems including all energy sources, energy conversion and storage technologies and energy end-use sectors.
Dr. Mukund Bhagwat
Corporate Energy & Climate Affairs, Aurubis
Dr. Mukund Bhagwat, has been working in the field of Energy and Climate Affairs since 2008 at Aurubis and advising Aurubis, European Copper Institute, Eurometaux and IFIEC on the issues related to maintaining the competitiveness of Energy Intensive Industries while achieving EU goals of Energy and Climate Change.
Prior to this, he has worked in the Telecommunications and the Chemical sector at different technical and management positions. He hold a degree of Doctorate in Metallurgical Engineering from K.U. Leuven in Belgium.
CEO of GRÜN Software AG
Oliver Grün, born in 1969, is the founder, general director and CEO of GRÜN Software AG, as well as President of the Federal Association of ICT-SMEs of Germany (Bundesverband IT-Mittelstand e.V. – BITMI) and President of the European DIGITAL SME Alliance. Since 2013, he is also a member of the Federal Government’s IT advisory council, which advises the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology on questions of the digital economy.
In his scientific career Grün graduated as an engineer in 2001, followed up 2 times in the area of business informatics and is the author of various publications for years.
Back in 1989, he founded his software company, which now employs around 100 people at six locations in various companies. Grün is the co-founder of the non-profit organization of the donation platform betterplace.org, now Germany’s largest donation portal on the Internet.
Eric DELFORGE joined MAYEKAWA in 2004. Previously he worked for several screw compressor manufacturers managing European activities. At Mayekawa he handled European sales in industrial refrigeration, gas processing, cryogenics, heat pumps and food processing. The main focus of his work consists in the integration of heating and cooling into smart energy and thermal storage solutions.
His advocacy is to promote natural refrigerant based technology applications across all stakeholders of community and industrial markets. He represents Mayekawa in various market sector organizations, actively informing its members on Mayekawa product developments and innovative applications. He also acts as a consultant and business lead with Mayekawa large global accounts. He is passionate about natural refrigerants and an active speaker at various events on refrigerants policy.
Eric is executive board member of EURAMMON and chair of the working group Ammonia. He is also member of the Belgian steering committee to the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) and Chair of the European Heat Pump Association ICHP-group.
Dave has been involved in the refrigeration industry since school days in the late 80’s testing hydrocarbons in domestic refrigerators. More recently as Director of Innovation at Star Refrigeration he has been involved in expanding the UK’s largest industrial refrigeration contractor into renewable energy. From a starting point of over 300 employees, 9 UK locations and a host of blue-chip end users, Star have already delivered 30MW of heating around Europe. This was achieved with a growing network of local contractors.
Star have also delivered a working ORC system at 90C that delivers electricity from waste heat.
As renewable energy markets evolve, Dave is a strong advocate of “harnessing the energy around us”. For example, a single sewage treatment plant can have over 1GW of available heat. Another passion is the use of lower temperature networks perhaps even an ambient network at 15C.
Dave is a graduate of Strathclyde University with a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA.
A self-confessed gadget geek, he has recently purchased a 3D printer “just for fun”.
HVAC/R Knowledge Center Manager, Carel Industries
Biagio Lamanna got his university degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Padua in 1998, dedicating a major part of his studies on thermodynamics and its applications.
Since April 2000 he has been working for CAREL, focusing his career in the HVAC&R market and technologies, first as Laboratory Engineer, then as Manager of the HVAC&R applications competence center, part of the CAREL R&D process.
Now he is leading the HVAC&R Knowledge Center, a dedicated process that aims to increase the CAREL Group competences through laboratory research projects, training programs and lobby activities among the most influencing association worldwide.
Head of Low Carbon and European Energy Policies, Enel Group
Daniel Agostini is the head of Low Carbon and European Energy Policies within the European Affairs Department of Enel Holding. He is responsible for policy analysis and corporate position development on European Energy Policies and on Low Carbon Policies across the over 30 countries in which the Enel Group operates. In such role he is in charge of monitoring and assessing energy policy developments in the areas of climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Mr. Agostini is member of the Board of IETA, the International Emission Trading Association. He currently chairs the Energy Transition, Sustainability and Climate Change committee of OME (the Mediterranean Energy Organisation) and co-chairs the IETA EU-Emission Trading Scheme Working Group and the Eurelectric Energy Efficiency Working Group.
Prior to joining Enel, Mr. Agostini led the environmental advisory group of a global management consulting company in Italy. He advised governments and private sector operators on environmental management, emission trading, renewable energies and energy efficiency. Previously, Mr Agostini worked as an environmental engineer for an international engineering consulting company based in Boston (USA), with projects in North and South America.
Mr. Agostini holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering with a minor in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA). He also holds a Master of Science in Water Resources Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (USA) and a Master of Science in Environmental and Resources Economics from University College London (UCL, UK).
Hans-Martin Friis Møller
CEO of Kalundborg Utility
Mr Hans-Martin Friis Møller is the CEO of Kalundborg Utility. The utility is responsible for drinking water production and distribution, process and cooling water to industries, collecting and treatment of wastewater and district heating.
The Utility is a central player in the Kalundborg Industrial Symbiosis involving Novo Nordisk, Statoil, Novozymes, Dong and other industries where one partner’s by-product is the resource in another partner’s production.
As a multi-utility we are working with the energy/water nexus, with a goal to be a net energy producing utility. First step is using our cleaned 24-25 degree waste water in a heat pump to produce appr 80.000 MWh district heating
Mr. Møller holds +30 years management and project experience from governmental and private consulting companies, and has been involved in water and energy project globally. Latest in Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Co-Owner of Stiebel Eltron
Dr Ulrich Stiebel was born in 1949 in Göttingen, Germany. He studied Industrial Engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt and later obtained a PhD in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen.
He is a member of the supervisory board of STIEBEL ELTRON, a family-owned enterprise in the second generation headquartered in Holzminden. The company was founded in 1924 by Dr Theodor Stiebel. The two sons of the company founder, Frank and Ulrich Stiebel, owned the company with equal shares until 2014. Dr Ulrich Stiebel then set up the Stiebel family foundation and transferred his company shares to the foundation.
He represents the company on numerous boards. Among other functions, from 1998 to 2003 he was a member of the senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Today he is a member of the supervisory board of the Institute for Solar Energy Research Hameln (ISFH), the University Council of the University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe and of further advisory boards and trustee boards.
Director of Business Development, LO3 Energy
Scott is currently the Director of Business Development for LO3 Energy in Brooklyn NY. He previously lived in San Francisco and worked for TRC Energy Services as a consultant, primarily focused on working with PG&E, SMUD, and other west coast utilities to implement energy efficiency programs, integrate renewables, and assess their impact across the grid.
Prior to his time in the Bay Area, Scott spent time in NYC working at NYSERDA and Connecticut Light and Power. Throughout his nearly ten years of experience in the energy industry, Scott has combined an engineering background with experience in business and project management to achieve success and energy savings amidst difficult regulatory environments.
He received his Bachelor‘s degree in physics from Middlebury College in Vermont and has a Master’s in Engineering from the University of Maryland.
Vice General Secretary, China Heat Pump Alliance
Cooper Zhao is one of founders for China heat pump alliance (CHPA), and serves as the vice general secretary since 2009. CHPA actively promotes heat pump technology, especially air source heat pump in China. CHPA speaks for the industry in the central and local government policy and regulation making process, and set up a platform for technology and market information communication. CHPA now has more than 200 manufacturers members, and respresents more than 80% production of air to water heat pump in China.
Mr. Zhao is also managing several cooling and heating projects in International Copper Association since 2004. His working field coveres air conditioner, gas boiler, heat pump, and buidling hardwares.
Managing Director, P3 Energy
Christian Hille received a diploma degree in electrical engineering and a PhD in power system engineering from RWTH Aachen University. In 2011 he joined P3 group. Since 2012, Christian is the managing director of P3 energy. With his company he supports clients in the entire value chain of the energy business.
Chief Executive Officer, Tipperary Energy Agency
Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of Tipperary Energy Agency. He has been with the agency since 2006 and is involved with both renewable energy (wind and bio-energy) and energy efficiency projects. Paul’s key technical competencies are in the areas of wind, biomass and solar energy development, energy efficiency in domestic and commercial buildings and energy efficiency in the water industry.
Philippe Duchêne has led Danfoss HVAC and refrigeration business in various segments, in and outside Europe, during the past 20 years. Now heading the cooling business in South Europe, he is bringing innovative and digital solutions to increase the efficiency in industrial refrigeration, the food chain and commercial buildings.
Executive Director, Smart Energy Demand Coalition
Since September 2015, Frauke is Executive Director of the Smart Energy Demand Coalition SEDC, the European industry association for demand-side flexibility, and has been actively involved in European energy policy in Brussels since 2005 He holds a Master degree in Environmental Sciences from Leuphana University, Germany, and an Executive MBA from Vlerick Business School, Belgium.
Head of R&D, Wienerberger
Dirk Saldsieder holds a Master degree in Metallurgy and material science at RWTH, Aachen (Germany). He started in the ceramic business in the R&D department for technical ceramics at Schunk Ingenieurkeramik. Since 2 years ago he is Head of R&D at Wienerberger and responsible for innovations and energy savings in processes.
President, Young Energy Reviewers Association (YERA)
Maxime Vuylsteke graduated in 2015 as Industrial Engineer. Due to the frequent misinterpretation of various energy-related aspects within the media, he joins the Young Energy Reviewers Association (YERA) to counteract this confusion and provide people with accurate and objective information.