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PLENARY SPEAKERS' BIOGRAPHIES
(by alphabetical order of last name)

AMELA AJANOVIĆ

Amela Ajanović is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Energy Systems and Electrical Drives at Vienna University of Technology. She holds a degree in electrical engineering and a PhD in Energy Economics. Amela Ajanović has been guest researcher at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) in Amsterdam and at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, as well as a guest lecturer at the Technical University of Prague. Furthermore, she has acted as a guest editor together with Carol Dahl and Lee Schipper, for a special issue of Energy Policy on “Modelling transport (energy) demand and policies". Amela Ajanović has been involved in many national and international research projects as a project partner, as well as a coordinator. She is responsible for project acquisition, project leading, scientific coordination and research activities. Her main area of interest is sustainable energy systems, with special focus on the transport sector: energy efficiency, energy policy, energy modelling, and scenario development. In these fields of research, she has published more than 20 papers in reviewed international journals.

 

 GAŠPER ARTAČ

Dr. Gašper Artač is one of the leading expert in the fields of new business models in energy sector in Slovenia. He recived his doctorate (2013) at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana. At that time he devoted himself to research work in the field of demand response, active demand and distributed generation management. During the postgraduate studies he was, as a visiting researcher, a member of the Electricity Research Centre (ERC), University College Dublin. In the year 2013 until the end of 2016, he was employed by GEN-I, d.o.o. where he was responsible for development of analytical support for trading department. He is currently a head of the Energy Management Centre in Petrol d.d., Ljubljana, where he is responsible for the development of new business models in energy sector and green transformation, active demand & distributed generation management and the development of analytical support for trading and purchasing energy products. At the same time, he is also a senior research assistant at the Laboratory for Energy Strategy at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana.

 

 HANS AUER

Hans Auer is an Associate Professor in Energy Economics at Vienna University of Technology. He received a MSc in Electrical Engineering (1996), a PhD (2000) and Venia Docendi (2012) in Energy Economics from the Vienna University of Technology. He has been on research leave several times, among others at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory / UC-Berkeley in 1998. Since the beginning of his academic career, he has been focusing on various aspects of electricity market modelling and design, notably in the context of grid and market integration of renewable and storage technologies. In the last 20 years, he has been coordinating a series of European research projects in this field and contributing to many others as a scientific partner. In addition, he has been coordinating many other international and national projects in the renewable technology and policy field for a variety of public and private clients and associations. Hans Auer has comprehensive teaching, supervision and reviewing experience in academia, a significant amount of energy conference contributions worldwide and authored around 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book contributions.

 

 PANTELIS CAPROS

Pantelis Capros is Professor of Energy Economics and Operational Research at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens and Head of the E3MLab (economy-energy-environment modelling laboratory) of the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems of National Technical University of Athens (ICCS/NTUA). He was the first President of the Energy Regulatory Authority of Greece (2000-2004), was a member of the Board of Directors of PPC for five years (1995-2000) and Professor of Economics at Sorbonne. As Head of E3MLab, he has built and used large-scale mathematical models for the Energy Markets, Environment, and General Economic Equilibrium, which are widely used internationally and are the models used in most of the European Commission's analysis of policies for energy, climate change, transport and economic development. He has many years of international experience as a business and government advisor in the field of Energy and Economic Policy. He has published more than 150 publications in international scientific journals. His research interests include mathematical economics, mathematical programming models, and energy and environmental economics.

 

 EDWARD C. CHOW

Edward C. Chow, senior associate in the Energy and National Security Program at CSIS, is an international energy expert with 40 years of industry experience. He has worked in Asia, Middle East, Africa, South America, Europe, Russia, Black Sea and Caspian regions. He has developed government policy and business strategy, while advising governments, international financial institutions, major oil companies, and leading multinational corporations. He has negotiated successfully multibillion-dollar oil and gas agreements and specializes in investments in emerging economies. Chow spent 20 years with Chevron Corporation in headquarter and overseas assignments, including head of international external relations and country manager in China. Chow is a graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in international affairs. He has published articles in leading academic and foreign policy journals on global energy developments, spoken on energy at international conferences, universities, and think tanks in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America, and appeared on major international media. He currently teaches at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

 

 KAROLINA ČEGIR

Karolina Čegir is Gas expert at the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna, with additional responsibility for Renewable Energy in transport sector. The Secretariat is an international institution established according to the Energy Community Treaty in order to monitor its fulfilment and, from the other hand, to support the Contracting Parties of the Energy Community in their efforts to implement EU acquis required by the Treaty. The main focus of her work is on natural gas while additional tasks are related to renewable energy in transport sector. The scope of work includes regular contacts with EU institutions, such as Gas Coordination Group, European Network Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG), Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) and Concerted Action on Renewable Energy Sources Directive (CA-RES). From 1992 until 2001, she worked in INA, Gas Transmission Division (future Plinacro, gas TSO in Croatia) covering different positions in the field of the gas transmission - maintenance, supervision, dispatching centre, quality system, investment and development. After that, she worked in Plinacro, gas TSO in Croatia, where she covered different positions, the last being the Assistant to the Director of the Development Sector. Karolina Čegir holds a bachelor degree in Petroleum Engineering from Zagreb University (1990), and MSc degree in Renewables at the Technical University of Vienna (2013).

 

 GEORG ERDMANN

Georg Erdmann was Professor for Energy Systems at the Institute for Energy Technology, Berlin University of Technology from 1995 until his retirement in 2018. Between 1982 and 1995, he was Post doc researcher and Assistant Professor at the Center for Economic Research, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich. During this time, he also was Delegate at the Paul Scherer Institute, Villigen (Switzerland). He is trained in Mathematics and Economics, and received his PhD in Economics at the University of Münster (Germany) in 1981. Georg Erdmann’s research fields cover energy economics including energy market modeling and forecasting, energy market reform, energy trade, investment strategies, financing and risk management, and market entry of new energy technologies such as fuel cells, battery electric vehicles, and other innovations. He has also research experience in industrial economics, environmental economics, evolutionary economics, and regional economics. He is author of several books and scientific articles. His latest book publication is an energy economics textbook (Energy Economics – Theory and Applications, with Prof. Dr. Peter Zweifel and Prof. Dr. Aaron Praktiknjo). He is founder of the company Prognoseforum GmbH which is active in economic forecasting and energy consulting. He is also President of the Board, KSB Energie AG, Berlin, which is engaged in providing energy-trading services for small and medium sized companies. Among many other mandates, he chairs the Gesellschaft für Energiewissenschaft und Energiepolitik, German affiliate of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE). In 2009 he served as President of the IAEE.

 

 MASSIMO FILIPPINI

Massimo Filippini is a Full Professor in Economics and has a joint professorship at the ETH Zurich and the Università della Svizzera Italiana since October 1999. He is director of the Centre for Energy Policy and Economics (CEPE) at ETH Zürich, member of the Center for Economic Research at ETH Zurich (CER-ETH), coordinator of the network “Empirical Methods in Energy Economics” (EMEE) and a member of the board of Country Representatives of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE). He has also been the President of the Swiss Association for Energy Economics (SAEE). He studied economics at the University of Zurich, where he also received his doctorate. Massimo Filippini has been a visiting scholar at MIT (Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change) and at the Harvard University (John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard) and visiting researcher at the Harvard University (Economics department), University of York (Centre for Health Economics), University of British Columbia (Center for Transportation Studies). Professor Filippini´s main fields of specialization are: energy economics and policy, behavioral economics, applied econometrics and public economics. His main areas of research are: the economics of energy efficiency, energy and development, empirical analysis of energy demand, regulation and deregulation of the energy markets, productivity and efficiency analysis of firms, as well as evaluation of energy policy instruments. Massimo Filippini is a member of several editorial boards and has published several books, book chapters, and more than 90 articles in top field and field peer-reviewed journals.

 

 ATANAS GEORGIEV

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Atanas Georgiev is Vice-Dean, Head of Industrial Economics and Management Department, and Director of the MA program “Economics and Management in Energy, Infrastructure, and Utilities” at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. He is also publisher and Chief Editor of the “Utilities” magazine and Publics.bg. He is guest-lecturer at the Diplomatic Institute of the Bulgarian MFA and guest-author in many publications. Atanas attended specializations such as: IVLP/Global Energy Security (US State Dept.), “Generation Next” (Rossotrudnichestvo); “Pricing” and “Benchmarking” at the Public Utility Research Center (Florida, USA), “European Energy Law” at the Florence School of Regulation, etc. He is member of the IAEE and member of the management board at the National Committee of Bulgaria for the World Energy Council. He has been a consultant on restructuring in the energy sector at Uconomics Ltd. (2005-2009) and at Public Services Ltd.

 

 ROBERT GOLOB

Robert Golob is one of the leading electricity experts in Slovenia. After receiving his doctoral degree, he was awarded a Fulbright grant for a visiting position at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. In 1997, he was employed as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana, where today he is an associate professor. He has written numerous publications and papers on markets, the optimization of energy sources and electricity system planning. He has also managed several basic research and industry-applicable projects for the Slovenian energy sector. In 1998, Mr. Golob was appointed head of an EU negotiation team for the energy sector. A year later, he assumed the function of State Secretary for Energy Matters and helped draft several key acts in this area. In 2002, he founded and became the general manager of Istrabenz Gorenje, d.o.o. (now IGES). He took the helm of the company and the GEN-I Group in 2006 and in just over a decade, guided GEN-I from a local company to a global electricity trader. The company entered the Slovenian market as the first independent supplier of electricity and natural gas, and today holds a leading share of the household electricity market. The Group, comprising 17 subsidiaries, operates in 22 countries where it generates 78% of its revenues and enjoys a significant competitive advantage on account of its flexible approach and responsiveness. Its development focus is on green transformation, reducing the carbon footprint and ensuring a clean environment for future generations.

 

 MARKUS GRAEBIG

Markus Graebig is the project director of the WindNODE consortium. “WindNODE – showcasing smart energy systems from northeastern Germany” is a consortium with more than 70 partners, working on model solutions for the system integration of large amounts of intermittent renewables. Previously, Markus Graebig worked as a business consultant with McKinsey & Company and as a research associate at Technische Universität Berlin, Department for Energy Systems, with Prof. Georg Erdmann. He holds a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering (TU Berlin) and an M.Phil. degree in Engineering for Sustainable Development (University of Cambridge).





 

 RICHARD GREEN

Richard Green is Professor of Sustainable Energy Business and Head of the Department of Management at Imperial College London, UK. He was previously Professor of Energy Economics and Director of the Institute for Energy Research and Policy at the University of Birmingham, and Professor of Economics at the University of Hull. He started his career at the Department of Applied Economics and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He has spent time on secondment to the Office of Electricity Regulation and has held visiting appointments at the World Bank, the University of California Energy Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been studying the economics and regulation of the electricity industry for over 25 years. He has written extensively on market power in wholesale electricity markets and has also worked on transmission pricing. More recently, the main focus of his work has been on the impact of low-carbon generation (nuclear and renewables) and energy storage on the electricity market, and the business and policy implications of this. He was the 2016 Chair of the British Institute for Energy Economics.


 

 REINHARD HAAS

Reinhard Haas is university professor of Energy Economics at Vienna University of Technology in Austria. He teaches Energy Economics, Regulation and Competition in Energy markets, and Energy Modelling. He is the Head of the Energy Economics Group, Institute of Energy Systems and Electric Drives, Vienna University of Technology His current research focus is on (i) evaluation and modelling of dissemination strategies for renewables; (ii) modelling paths towards sustainable energy systems; (iii) liberalisation vs regulation of energy markets; (iv) energy policy strategies. He works in these fields since more than 20 years and has published more than 60 papers in reviewed international journals. Moreover, he has coordinated and coordinates projects for Austrian institutions as well as the European Commission and the International Energy Agency.


 

 REINHARD MADLENER

Reinhard Madlener is a Full Professor at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He studied commerce and finance as well as paedagogics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU Wien) and then also economics at the Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna (IHS). He received his doctoral degree from WU Wien in the economics and social sciences (Dr. rer. soc. oec.), specializing in general economics, environmental economics, and statistics. Before taking up his position at RWTH Aachen University in 2007, he was the managing director of the Institute for Advanced Studies Carinthia (1999-2000), assistant professor at the Centre for Energy Policy and Economics (CEPE), ETH Zurich (2001-2007), lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, University of Zurich (as of 2003), and senior researcher at the German Institute of Economic Research / DIW Berlin (2007). Among others, he was a visiting fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), and the University of Warwick (Coventry, UK). Reinhard Madlener is one of five full professors at the E.ON Energy Research Center (E.ON ERC), established at RWTH Aachen University at the end of 2006, and is the director of the Institute for Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior (FCN), founded by himself in June 2007. He has conducted numerous (international) research projects with industrial participation. From December 2010 to April 2014, Reinhard Madlener was the RWTH director of JARA Energy and since May 2014 he has been the vice director. His research interests include energy economics, energy management, energy policy-making, energy consumer needs and behaviour, structural change in energy systems, economics of technical change / technology adoption, diffusion and transfer, investment & financing under uncertainty, risk management and portfolio optimization (energy issues), quantitative modelling and analysis / empirical and experimental economics.

 

 TATIANA MITROVA

Tatiana Mitrova, PhD is Director of Energy Center, SKOLKOVO Business School. She is a Scientific advisor at the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ERI RAS), Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, Senior Visiting Research Fellow of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES), Associate Research Fellow at Russia/NIS Center in Institut Francais des Relations Internationales (IFRI), and Distinguished Research Fellow at Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ).
Tatiana Mitrova has more than twenty years of experience in the analyses of the Russian and global energy markets, including production, transportation, demand, energy policy, pricing and market restructuring.
She is the Head of the annual “Global and Russian Energy Outlook up to 2040” project and Board Member of «Schlumberger NV».
Dr. Mitrova is a graduate of Moscow State University’s Economics Department. She is a visiting Professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) Paris School of International Affairs.
She has more than 120 publications in scientific and business journals and four books..

 

 ALBERTO POTOTSCHNIG

Alberto Pototschnig is the first Director of the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), established in 2010 pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 713/2009. He was appointed in May 2010 and took office on 16 September 2010. Before joining the Agency, from January 2006 he was a Partner in Mercados EMI, a Madrid-based international consultancy specialising in the energy sector, where he served as CEO and Deputy Chairman. He previously worked at the Italian Transmission System Operator (from 2003 to 2005), served as first CEO of the Italian Electricity Market Operator (from 2000 to 2003) and in the Italian Energy Regulatory Authority (AEEG, from 1997 to 2000), with his final position being Director of Electricity Regulation. Alberto Pototschnig started his professional career in 1989 with London Economics, an international economic consultancy, where he was eventually in charge of the industrial economic advisory practice. Between 2003 and 2005 he acted as an adviser to the Italian Government on environmental policy issues. Since 2004, he is an adviser at the Florence School of Regulation, where he regularly teaches on energy regulation and market design. Alberto Pototschnig holds a Degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics, University of London.

 

 LAURENT SCHMITT

Laurent Schmitt is ENTSO-E’s Secretary General since January 2017. Before joining ENTSO-E, he was Global Smart Grid Strategy Leader at General Electric Grid Solutions. Laurent worked in Europe, the United States and Asia, first on power generation then on transmission and distribution specialising in smart grids solutions. Laurent is a member of strategic committees in CIGRE, IEC, EPRI and European Smart Cities Platform. He took part in expert task forces of the IEA and the European Commission. In 2015, he was named one of the most 40 influential people in the European Smart Grid by the Metering & Smart Energy International Magazine. Laurent is a French national. He graduated in Power System Engineering from Supélec in Paris and holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD, France.



 

 GEORG ZACHMANN

Georg Zachmann externalis a senior fellow at Bruegel externalan independent economic think tank based in Brussels. At Bruegel he has worked since 2009 on energy and climate policy. As a member of the German Advisory Group Georg advises governments in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and Georgia on energy policy issues. Prior to Bruegel Georg worked at the German Ministry of Finance, the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin and the energy think tank LARSEN in Paris. Georg holds a doctoral degree in economics. Georg’s work recently focused on (regional) growth potential for the low carbon technologies sector.

 

 

*Please note that the list is not yet final, and will be updated in the days to come.