The speakers of the energy conference: "energy 2050"
Experts on politics, the industry, science and society will give talks and answer questions on three exciting conference days.
Oliver Antoni, LL.M., Foundation for Environmental Energy Law (Stiftung Umweltenergierecht)
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Internal Energy Market director, DG Energy, European Commission
Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick, vice president, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy gGmbH
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Fischedick studied process engineering, focussing on energy and environmental technologies at the University of Dortmund. He earned his doctorate at the University of Stuttgart in the field of energy technology.
Manfred Fischedick has 20 years of experience in energy system analysis. He is an advisor to the European Union, the German government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia as well as companies in various industries. He is the author of numerous books and peer reviewed articles. He is coordinating lead author for the 5th IPCC Assessment Report, member of several scientific boards and gives lectures in the field of energy and environmental science at the universities of Wuppertal and Kassel.
Kai Gondlach, senior researcher, 2b AHEAD ThinkTank GmbH
Norbert Hofer, minister for transport, innovation and technology
Christian Holzleitner, department head at DG CLIMA, European Commission
Before joining the European Commission, Christian worked as senior manager with KPMG Germany on international transfer pricing.
Christian is an economist and holds a PhD from the University of Linz (Austria).
Mag. Wilhelm Molterer, managing director, European Investment Bank
From July 2011 to August 2015, Mag. Molterer served on the executive board of the European Investment Bank (EIB). As the vice president of the EIB, he was responsible for the bank's financing in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the countries of Central Asia. From June 1, 2012 to the end of August 2015, Mag. Molterer was governor of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Mag. Wilhelm Molterer has been the managing director of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) since November 1, 2015.
Dr. Maren Petersen, division head of generation and systems integration, head of sector coupling staff position, BDEW Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft e.V.
Since mid-2008, Dr. Petersen has been heading the generation division and systems integration at the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), where she is responsible for the entire value chain of electricity generation from conventional plants (nuclear, coal and gas power plants) and from plants for the use of renewable energies, for coupled electricity and heat generation, as well as for all issues relating to the systemic integration of innovative technologies into the energy supply. In addition, she was appointed head of BDEW's newly established renewable energies staff position at the end of 2012. The organisational link implemented this way between conventional and renewable energy generation was to ensure that all considerations concerning the implementation of the energy transition and the expansion of renewables always took into account aspects of security of supply and economic viability. In May 2018, the staff position was transferred to a sector coupling staff position in order to reflect the requirements resulting from the implementation of the energy transition for a greater interconnection of industries and value creation stages in BDEW.
Kristian Ruby, secretary general, Eurelectric aisbl
Kristian Ruby is a widely recognised expert with a strong communication profile and extensive experience in political affairs. He joined EURELECTRIC from Wind Europe, where he served as Chief Policy Officer and was in charge of development and implementation of the political strategy. Prior to this, Ruby worked as a journalist and served seven years as a public servant in the Danish Ministries of Environment, and Climate and Energy and in the European Commission in the cabinet of the former Climate Action chief, Connie Hedegaard.
Kristian holds a master degree in history and international development.
VD DI Helmut Schreiner MBA, technology and operations executive board, Zillertaler Verkehrsbetriebe AG
05/2014 - 12/2016 group manager Bahnbau International SEE PORR AG
02/1998 - 04/2014 authorized signatory branch manager railway construction projects Swietelsky Bau GmbH
DI Michael Strebl, managing director, Wien Energie GmbH
Dr. James Watson, Secretary General, Eurogas
Prior to taking the helm at Eurogas, Dr Watson was the Chief Executive Officer of SolarPower Europe, the European solar industry association. Before joining SolarPower Europe, Dr Watson worked as the Director of Public Affairs for Weber Shandwick, specialising in energy and trade policy. Before coming to Brussels, Dr Watson worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat on a European Commission project on trade and sustainable development based in Ethiopia. Earlier in his career James worked for various UK government bodies in London and worked as a lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Manchester.
He holds a Ph.D in International Trade and Environmental Law from the University of Leeds, and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Dr. Rudolf Zauner, head of hydrogen center, VERBUND Solutions
Rudolf Zauner has been employed at VERBUND since 2008 and was responsible for operating 420 MW wind and solar parks in Europe before he was appointed head of hydrogen activities at VERBUND.