The speakers

Experts from politics, industry, science and society will field questions on three exciting conference days.

That's our energy future! 

You can find more details about the conference speakers below.

The conference will be moderated by Birgit Fenderl and Gernot Frischenschlager from ORF.

Jost Ahrens, Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy, OMV AG

Jost Ahrens studied law at the universities of Passau and St. Petersburg, Russia.
He began his career at KPMG Treuhandgesellschaft AG in Hamburg. In 2003 he switched to what was then Ruhrgas AG in Essen. For what later became E.ON AG, Mr Ahrens held managerial positions in the areas of Strategic and Corporate Development, including
with E.ON Russia in Moscow and E.ON Sverige in Malmö, Sweden. Since February 2017 he has been responsible for the field of Strategy with OMV AG in Vienna.

Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Anzengruber, Chairman of the Board, VERBUND AG

Chairman of the Board of VERBUND AG
born 1956 in Steyr, Austria

Educational Training
Mechanical Engineering and Business Management studies at TU Vienna

Professional Development
1993 Member of the Board of ABB Energie AG
1997 Member of the Board of ABB Österreich
1999 Member of the Board of Salzburger Stadtwerke AG
2000 Member of the Board of Salzburg AG
2003 Chairman of the Board of Palfinger AG
2009 Chairman of the Board of VERBUND AG

Dirk Arnold, Head of Product Management for BMW i and E-Mobility, BMW Group

Professional Development
06/16 Senior Head of Department Product Management BMW i and eMobility
02/14 – 06/16 Senior Head of Department BMW Group Product, Technology, Sports Communication, PR and Press Events
BMW AG, Corporate Communication and Policy
05/11 – 02/14 Vice President Corporate Communications of the Americas
BMW of North America LLC
12/08 – 04/11 Head of Product Communication BMW Group
(BMW, MINI, BMW Motorcycle)
BMW AG, Corporate Communication and Policy
08/07 – 11/08 Head of Product Communication BMW Automobile
BMW AG, Corporate Communication and Policy
08/04 – 07/07 Head of Central Market and Trend Research
BMW AG, Central Marketing
12/02 - 08/04 Product Strategy, Head of Innovation and Component Strategy
BMW AG, Central Marketing
1992 - 2002 AUDI AG, various positions in Development and Sales/Marketing

Christiane Brunner, the Greens Party in Parliament

◾High school in Jennersdorf
◾Environmental Systems Science studies in Graz

◾Project Coordinator for renewable energy

Active in politics …

… since 2002; I started as a municipal councillor in my home town of Mogersdorf. As an independent candidate on the ÖVP list, I helped shape policies on the local level for two years. I was fortunate to find a job in Burgenland, and therefore it was important to me to dedicate myself to the good of my home community.

But the discussions related to the S7 made it clear to me that my political future can ONLY be with the GREENS!

Member of the Greens

… since: 2005

… because:
◾the Greens are the only ones who credibly act on behalf of the citizens' interests
◾the Greens are THE environmental party
◾the Greens are the only ones who have a concept for the future

… active as:
◾Member of the state executive board of the Burgenland Greens and deputy state spokesperson (since 2010)
◾Chairman of the parliamentary environment committee (since 2009)
◾Member of National Parliament (since 2008)
◾Municipal Councillor in Jennersdorf (2008-2014)
◾District spokesperson for the Jennersdorf district (since 2005)

Gerhard Christiner, Technical Board Director, Austrian Power Grid AG

  • Since 2012 Board Member of Austrian Power Grid
  • 2006-2012 Department Head for Asset Management
  • 2002-2006 VERBUND – Austrian Power Grid Department Head for Operational Management
  • 2001-2002 E-Control Austria
  • 1995-2000 Senior Consultant and Project Manager for "Energy and Grid Management", Verbundplan GmbH
  • Additional functions: Supervisory Board Member for Austrian Power Clearing and Settlement AG (APCS). In the domestic industry association Österreichs Energie, Christiner heads the task force "Network Planning for Austria".

Cornelia Daniel, Owner, Dachgold E.U.

Having grown up with the sun in a number of ways (e.g. born at the beginning of summer), there is just one way: the one to the sun. Everyone should soon know the feeling of the electricity meter turning backwards, at least metaphorically, and the sun performing its services as a hard-working associate in the company. Every company could have its own solar power plant, because "Sun at Work" is the motto.

For the long term, no energy source is simpler and more stable in price. With the goal of equipping every commercial enterprise in Austria with a solar plant (either thermal or electric), she founded the company Dachgold e.U. in June 2011.

Before this she studied International Business Management at the University of Economics in Vienna, and due to several fortunate turns of events was able to write her thesis on the topic of solar thermal energy in Australia. This was the starting signal for her great interest in renewable energy sources and countless projects in the energy and sustainability sphere. Encounters with the (unfortunately now deceased) energy pope Hermann Scheer reinforced her ambition to strive for the implementation of an energy revolution in Austria.

Although her heart beats primarily for solar energy in electrical or thermal form, she is a huge fan of all renewable energy sources and for that reason devotes enthusiastic attention to feasibility studies for 100% needs coverage.

An important component of Cornelia Daniel's work is therefore writing for various media.
The fundamental philosophy: prevention is better than cure! This goes for energy issues as well.

Dr. Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council

Born in Switzerland in 1969, Christoph Frei became WEC’s youngest Secretary General in April 2009. Over the past three years he has lead the further development of the world-renowned London-based organisation through a number of initiatives, including the initiation of WEC’s on-going Global Energy Scenarios and Energy & Climate Policy Assessment flagship projects or, the facilitation of high-level World Energy Leaders’ Summits to enhance the relevance and impact of the 90 years old organisation.

Prior to joining WEC, Christoph was a member of the Executive Council of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its Senior Director in charge of Energy (2001-2009). He is also an Adjunct Professor at EPFL (since 2006) and a member of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Energy Security (since 2009). Previously he held various positions as Research Fellow and Lecturer at Swiss Federal Technical Institutes in Zurich (ETHZ), Lausanne (EPFL) and Würenlingen (PSI).

Christoph regularly speaks at international energy conferences and high-level meetings (WEC, WEF, IEF, etc.) and stimulates board and strategy meetings of leading energy companies around the globe. In 2012, Christoph has represented WEC as observer in the high-level advisory group to the UN Secretary General on Sustainable Energy for all.

Christoph received his PhD es sc. from EPFL (1997-2000). He holds a diploma in electrical engineering (ETHZ, 1989-1995) and masters in energy economics & management (EPFL, 1995-1997), econometrics (University of Geneva, 1997-2000), and applied ethics (Ethics Centre, University of Zurich, 2001-2002).

His publications cover fields including energy scenarios, national energy policies and global energy governance, energy & water nexus, and urban innovation. He has published articles in many WEF and WEC media, with co-authors including Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Yergin. In 2004, Newsweek published his article entitled Bottomline Decisions, Concerns about reliable supply will always trump the call for cleaner energy. His PhD thesis was awarded with the ABB Energy Research Award 2001.

During the past 10 years Christoph has initiated projects including EPFL’s Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels, the South Africa based Energy Access Partnership, or the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, which in 2008 lead Ethisphere to rank him among the 100 most influential people in business ethics (

Christoph’s mother tongue is (Swiss-) German, he speaks fluently French, English, some Italian and Spanish. He is married, father of three kids and when time permits plays the piano and enjoys ski-touring.

Glenn Gonzalez, Expert on Digital Transformation, SAP Austria GmbH

Glenn González has been with SAP since 2012 and is an expert in the areas of "Internet of Things" and "Industry 4.0". Before this he was active for many years as an entrepreneur and consultant in the areas of cloud business and e-commerce. Among other things, he raised up and successfully sold his own, multi-award-winning e-commerce trade. As a consultant and project manager for e-commerce and the production industry, he looks back on 20 years of experience in which he successfully carried out the most varied projects at all points of the value-creation chain, in the areas of pricing, goods flow control, production data acquisition, traceability, logistics, etc.

Daniel Hammerl, Country Manager, Tesla Motors Austria

Daniel Hammerl has been Country Director at Tesla Austria since 2011. He completed his marketing studies at the London Metropolitan University and earned his Master of Business Administration at the FH St. Pölten. Mr Hammerl worked as the Product Marketing Manager at Telekom Austria from 2004 to 2007. Following this, until 2010 he was employed at Nokia Austria GmbH in Marketing for Austria and Israel.

Robert Hardt, Partner next47, Siemens AG

Robert is a catalyst partner at next47, the independent investment arm of Siemens. next47 was established as an independent brand in 2016, bundling all startup facing activities from Siemens to find the core business of tomorrow. In his role he initiates and oversees all projects that aim to make Siemens approachable for startups and interact with the regions and businesses to foster the integration of innovation coming out of startup ecosystems.
Prior to his role in next47, Robert led the Siemens regional organization in Canada.

Dr. Wilfried Haslauer, Provincial Governor, Salzburg Province

Wilfried Haslauer was born on 3 May 1956 in Salzburg. His father, also Wilfried, was Provincial Governor of Salzburg from 1977 to 1989. Wilfried Junior grew up in Neumarkt am Wallersee and attended the Akademisches Gymnasium (Academic High School) in Salzburg from 1966 to 1974. After completing military service as a one-year volunteer, this was followed by law studies in Salzburg and Vienna, which he concluded with a Doctorate in 1979. Alongside this he studied economics as a guest student. Following his court internship in Vienna and Salzburg, Haslauer struck a path for a legal career. From 1985 to 2004 he was an independent attorney-at-law with four other partners in Salzburg.

He was a curator at the Seebrunner Kreis and president of the Dr. Wilfried Haslauer Library, a research institute for political-historical studies. The office of Deputy Provincial Governor, to which he was elected on 28 April 2004 and was re-elected on 22 April 2009, was Haslauer's first political function. On 19 June 2013 the Landtag (provincial parliament) elected him Provincial Governor of Salzburg.

Within the Salzburg regional government he is responsible for the following departments: Economy, Tourism, Labour Market, Municipalities, and Education. In addition, there are the areas directly associated with the provincial governor such as Internal Service, Fire Fighting Services and Security, Informatics, Executive Matters, and Europe.

Wilfried Haslauer has four children. He enjoys spending his leisure time with his family, mountain climbing and other sports activities, reading and listening to music.

Dipl. Ing. Dr. Sabine Herlitschka, MBA, Chairman of the Board & CTO, Infineon Technologie Austria AG

Career path:
1990 Researcher, doctoral student, post-doctoral research at Immuno AG
1996 Head of Division and Vice Director of "BIT" Bureau for International Research and Technology Cooperation
2003 Internships with the U.S. National Science Foundation, American Association for the Advancement of Science and cooperation with the scientific consultant in the U.S. Department of State, Washington DC
2003 Vice Rector for Research Management and International Cooperations at the Medical University of Graz
2006 Division Manager of the European and International Programme of FFG / Austrian Research Promotion Agency
2010 Fulbright Scholar at George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University/School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC
As of August 2011 Member of the Board of Infineon Technologies Austria AG
As of January 2012 Chief Officer for Technology and Innovation at Infineon Technologies Austria AG
As of April 2014 Chair of the Board of Infineon Technologies Austria AG

Selected functions:

Member of the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development

Elected Member of the Senate of the Fraunhofer Society in Germany
Deputy Chair of the Advisory Board of the European Commission CAF - Connect Advisory Forum of the Directorate General of CONNECT
Member of the High-level Expert Group of the European Commission for the ex-post evaluation of the 7th EU research framework
Jury Member for the EU prize for innovators by the Directorate General for Research, Science and Innovation of the European Commission

Ewald Hesse, CEO and Founder, Grid Singularity

Ewald Hesse is Managing Director of Grid Singularity (GSy GmbH). His activity is connected with his comprehensive experience in the energy sector and acute interest in decentralised business models. He worked as a Regional Director for Business Development and Strategy in southeast Europe for Andritz Hydro, a global provider of renewable energy technology. Before that he was involved in technology transfer and joint ventures in the Chinese and European automobile sector, with Metzler and the ABB Power and Automation Technology Group. Ewald has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Project Management from the University of Constance.

Dr. Wolfgang Hribernik, Head of Business Unit Electric Energy Systems, AIT

Wolfgang Hribernik has been heading the Electric Energy Systems division at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology since 2009 and is the Deputy Centre Manager for Energy. In addition to heading Austria's largest research group on the topic of smart grids, Hribernik is also active in national and international research networks such as CIGRE. In connection with the European Commission, Wolfgang Hribernik headed a member states' initiative for the mapping and gap analysis of current smart grid demonstration projects in Europe. Hribernik studied Electrical Engineering at the TU Vienna and earned his doctorate in Technical Sciences from the Technical University in Zurich. He is currently active in the field of teaching at the TU Graz.

Karin Kadenbach, MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz Kainersdorfer, Managing Director, voestalpine AG

Metallurgy and Business and Energy Management studies at Montanuniversität Leoben

Professional Development

Voestalpine Schienen GmbH/Management of rail rolling mill

voestalpine Stahl Donawitz GmbH/Head of controlling and accounting

Executive Vice President/VAE Nortrak North America, Canada/USA

Managing Director voestalpine Railpro/Netherlands,
Member of the Board of voestalpine AG;
Head of Metal Engineering Division

Steel Division
Wire Rod and Processing Division
Seamless Tube Division
Rail Technology Division
Railway Switch Systems Division
Filler Materials Division

Group function - long-term energy supply for the Group

External Functions
Vice President of the Industry Association in Styria
Supervisory Board of VA Erzberg GmbH

Dr. Mag. Barbara Kappel, Member of European Parliament

Professional Development:
•Economics and Social Science studies at the University of Innsbruck
Master's degree in Economics (Mag. rer. soc. oec.)
•Doctorate studies in the areas of Economics and Social Science at the Universities of Innsbruck and Vienna
Doctor of Economics (Dr. rer. soc. oec.)
•2000 – 2006: Office manager for the II. and III. President of the National Council,
focus on economic and financial policies
•2006 – 2015: Managing Partner of Austrian Technologies GmbH

Political Career:

•2010 – 2014: Delegate to the Economic Parliament of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce
•Member of the Board of the economic platform "Pro Mittelstand" ("Pro Middle Class") – Freiheitliche and independents
•2010 – 2014: Member of State Parliament and Municipal Councillor in Vienna
•since July 2014: Member of European Parliament

Johannes Kempmann, President, BDEW e.V.

The Munich native Johannes Kempmann (born 15 April 1954) was soon drawn to the north. The at that time 20-year-old was already in Berlin when he completed his Abitur in 1974. He received his diploma as an Engineer in City and Regional Planning from the Technical University there. During the following six years of freelance work, Kempmann acted as a voluntary press spokesman for the citizens' initiative for environmental protection in Lüchow-Dannenberg, opposing the nuclear waste disposal site in Gorleben. From 1986-1994 he joined the Landtag of Lower Saxony for Bündnis 90 / The Greens. After this, as Director of the Energy Agency of Saxony-Anhalt, he got contracting models off the ground and with a study of wind power potential, strove for a realistic assessment of this energy form. Since 1998 Kempmann has been the Technical Director of Städtische Werke Magdeburg GmbH & Co. KG (SWM Magdeburg). SWM Magdeburg is a classic multi-utility company with the sectors electricity, gas, water, waste water and heating. Meanwhile the SWM group includes twelve other companies. Johannes Kempmann has been president of BDEW since June 2014.

DI Dr. techn. Michaela Killian, Technical University Vienna

Dr. Michaela Killian completed her studies in Technical Mathematics at the TU Vienna in 2012. She did her doctorate studies with the TU Vienna's Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Institute for Mechanics and Mechatronics, in the Department of Control Technology and Process Automation. In 2016 she completed her doctoral thesis with the title "Cooperative fuzzy model predictive control of a multi-zone office building" and graduated with honours. For her dissertation, she received the renowned Ressel Prize 2016 from the TU Vienna, as well as the "Award of Excellence 2016" national prize for the best dissertation in the academic year 2015/2016.
She is actively publishing articles in various international periodicals and continuously attends top-notch congresses, at which she holds specialist lectures on the theory she developed and current topics from her research.
Ms. Killian is also active as a reviewer for renowned theoretical and applied technical journals.
Her research interests include energy-efficient building regulation, system identification, non-linear model predictive control (MPC), cooperative non-linear MPC, fuzzy modelling, the entire fuzzy theory and particularly fuzzy MPC.

Natascha Kohnen, Member of the Bavarian Parliament, SPD Bavaria

• Began Biology studies at the University of Regensburg in the autumn of 1987; diploma examinations in the spring of 1992
• Dissertation in the field of plant physiology, focus on photosynthesis, in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Nathan Nelson, Roche Institute of Molecular Biology, USA; partial publication in "Photosynthesis Research" 38: 111-114, September 1993
• 1994-1995: Editor for the natural sciences area of Oldenbourg Verlag, Munich
• 1996-2000: Self-employed in the field of natural sciences; 1997-1999 in the French-speaking realm.
• Since 2001: Independent editorial office with freelance staff: Natural science schoolbook editing for the German states of Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Wuerttemberg

Politics and more ...
• since February 2001: Member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)
• 2002-2010: Member of the Municipal Council of Neubiberg; Deputy Group Chairman
• 2003-2009: Chairman of the local association of SPD Neubiberg
• 2003-2009: Deputy Chairman of SPD Munich County, 2009-2013: Member of the County Board
• 2006: Local election in Neubiberg with Johanna Rumschöttel, Mayor of Neubiberg
• 2007: Election campaign team for Johanna Rumschöttel, County Commissioner for the County of Munich
• since 2008: Member of State Parliament for Munich County South, since July 2009: Member of the executive board for the SPD state parliament fraction
• since July 2009: Secretary General of the Bavarian SPD
• 2011-2013: Member of the Environment Committee of the Bavarian State Parliament
• 2013-2015: Chair of the SPD County Chapter, Munich County
• since October 2013: Member of the Committee for the Economy and Media, Infrastructure, Building and Transport, Energy and Technology of the Bavarian State Parliament
• since November 2013: Energy Policy Spokesperson for the SPD state parliament fraction
• since May 2014: Member of the County Council, Munich County
• since March 2015: Advisory Member of the board for the SPD County Chapter in Munich County
• since December 2015: Member of the party executive of the SPD in the Federation

Involvement in Institutions and Associations

AWO Neubiberg, Partnership Association Neubiberg, Kulturkreis Ottobrunn, supporting member of the Volunteer Fire Department Neubiberg, member of IG Metall
Co-founder of the Ecological Garden Association Neubiberg and of AWO Neighbourhood Assistance Ottobrunn-Neubiberg-Hohenbrunn

Dr. Mattias Kramer, Head of Digital Innovation, mantro GmbH

Dr. Mattias Kramer is the Head of Digital Innovation for mantro GmbH. Since 2013 he has been heading digital innovation projects in various sectors, with a focus on energy supply. His competences are in Digital Transformation and Strategy, agile methods such as Design Thinking and Lean Startup, User Experience Management and Digital Business Modeling.

Harald Loos, Head of Corporate Technology Research in Digitalization and Automation Austria, Siemens AG

1996 – Siemens AG Austria
1996 Completion of the technical trainee programme with Siemens AG Austria
3 Stations: Plant Engineering, Project Management and Sales, Strategic Purchasing
1998 Project Management for the automation system "Wastewater Incineration and Multi-Effect
Distillation Plant – Waterprojecten AVR Rotterdam, NL
2000 Sales and Plant Engineering - Segment Manager for Industry Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland
2001 Project Development of operator models in Austria for small waste incineration plants
based on an exclusive contract with a Norwegian technological and operator partner.
2002 Segment Management Sales "Alternative Technology - General Industries":
Small waste incinerators, cogeneration, CHP units, wind farms in Austria and distribution companies of Siemens AG Austria (CEE)
2004 Head of "Engineering Department" Region East
2006 Head of "Engineering Department" – Integration of Elin KWI5 and KWT
2008 CEO Region East Sector Industry/Industry Solutions Division
2009 CEO Region A2 Sector Industry/Industry Solutions Division
2011 Division Cluster Lead – Division Customer Service/Sector Industry - Cluster CEE
2013 Program Manager I CS VS New Horizon in Erlangen (Delegation) – Development of a
master plan for the new service portfolio "Plant Data Services" in industry and Head of PMO – now "Mindsphere"
2014 Head of Corporate Technology Central Eastern Europe – R&D and Corporate Services Unit
Additional roles: since 2015 Member of the Supervisory Board of the Austrian Institute of Technology, Member of the Advisory Board for Basic Programmes of FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency) and on the Board of Trustees of Christian Doppler Forschungsgesellschaft (Research Society)

Bundesminister Dr. Harald Mahrer, Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft

Vocational activity
1995 to 1997 Chairman of the Austrian National Students Union (Österreichische Hochschülerschaft) at the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna
1997 to 2000 Research Assistant at the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna
2000 to 2005 Managing Partner of legend Consulting GmbH
2006 to 2010 Managing Partner of Pleon Publico Public Relations GmbH
2010 to 2012 Managing Partner of  cumclave Unternehmensberatung GmbH
2010 to 1 September 2014 Managing Partner of HM Tauern Holding Beteiligungsgesellschaft m.b.H.
1 September 2014 to 17 May 2017 State Secretary in the Ministry for Science, Research and Economy
since 17 May 2017 Federal Minister for Science, Research and Economy

Other capacities
1999 to 2000 Spokesman and Project Manager of Initiative "GO-ON Österreich ans Internet"
2003 to 2005 Member of the E-Government Board of the Austrian Federal Government
2004 to 2013 Co-Director of Metis Economic Development Organization
2011 to September 2015 President of Julius Raab Foundation
since September 2015 Vice Chairman of Politische Akademie
since February 2016 Vice President of the Austrian Wirtschaftsbund

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Maubach, TU Clausthal

Klaus-Dieter Maubach studied electrical engineering at Bergisch University in Wuppertal. After obtaining his doctorate (Dr.-Ing.) in 1994, he worked for various municipal utility companies in Offenbach am Main and in Hameln; here later also for the Finnish FORTUM group. In 2001 Maubach was called to the board of Avacon AG in Helmstedt, and later took the chair. This was followed by further management functions until his departure from the EON group in 2013; in 2010 he was appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Group Management Board of E.ON SE in Düsseldorf.

In 2015 Maubach was appointed Chairman of the Board of Encavis AG (formerly Capital Stage AG) in Hamburg. He left the company at the end of 2016 and was elected to the supervisory board. The SDAX-listed company is one of the largest solar and wind farm operators in Germany.

Today Maubach is active in various industries in advisory and supervisory functions. With the aid of the company he founded in 2014, maubach.icp GmbH, he invests in start-up companies, and since 2001 has also been a lecturer and honorary professor at the Technical University of Clausthal.

Stefan Moser, Head of Security of Supply, DG Energy, European Commission, Brussels

Stefan Moser was born in Munich in 1971 and trained as an economist and a lawyer. He joined the Commission in 2000 in DG Competition to work on control of state aid to public undertakings and services, notably financial institutions. From 2005 to 2009, he worked in DG Environment on climate and environment policy, notably greenhouse gas emissions trading, transport emissions and air quality. From 2009 to 2015, he dealt with policy coordination in the Secretariat-General, in particular on climate, energy, environment, transport, agriculture and maritime policies. He was appointed Head of the Security of Supply Unit in DG Energy in March 2015.

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.

Dr. Leonhard Schitter, President, Oesterreichs Energie


1974 – 1978 Volksschule (primary school) Elixhausen

1978 – 1986 e.b. Privatgymnasium (archiepiscopal private high school) Borromäum, Salzburg

1986 – 1987 Military service, Schwarzenbergkaserne, Wals

1987 – 1992 Law studies, University of Salzburg
Master – 4/1992, Doctorate – 11/1994

2010 – 2012 Master programme in European Energy Management, Kufstein University of Applied Sciences
Master – 9/2012


1992 – 1993 Legal internship at Hallein District Court and Salzburg Regional Court

1993 – 1994 Emco Maier GmbH, Hallein
Department of Legal, Tax and Group Matters

1994 – 1999 Office of Provincial Governor Dr. Hans Katschthaler and Provincial Governor Dr. Franz Schausberger, Salzburg

1999 – 12/2011 M. Kaindl Holzindustrie KG, Kaindl Flooring GmbH/ Kaindl Gruppe Österreich, Wals

since 01/2012 - Salzburg AG for Energy, Traffic and Telecommunications, Salzburg
since 01/2016 Board Spokesman

Other Functions

- President of Österreichs Energie (oe), as well as
Chair of Österreichs Energie (oe) Research & Innovation

- Vice President of Federation of Austrian Industry, Salzburg Group

- Chairman of the Science and Research Council of Salzburg Province

- Delegate to the Economic Parliament for the Industrial Sector, as well as
Chair of the Expert Representation for Track Railways
Salzburg Chamber of Commerce

- Advisory Board of
- RAG Rohöl-Aufsuchungs-AG, Vienna
- TRIANEL GmbH, Aachen (Stadtwerke/EVU Verbund)
- Fachhochschule Salzburg GmbH, Puch

Prof. Dr. Ing. Armin Schnettler, Head of Research in Energy and Electronics, Siemens AG

Studies and degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dortmund
1992 – 1998: various positions within the ABB Group in Germany (Mannheim, Heidelberg)
1998 – 2000: Member of the Executive Board of ABB, Business Area "High Voltage Substations", Zürich
Since 2001: Institute Director for Institut für Hochspannungstechnik (Institute of High Voltage Technology) RWTH Aachen
2003 – 2013: Board of Forschungsgemeinschaft für Elektrische Anlagen und Stromwirtschaft e.V. (Research Community for Electrical Systems and Electricity Industry)
Since 2013: Head of the department New Technology & Innovation Fields (NTF), Siemens Corporate Technology
Since 2015: Head of the department Research in Energy and Electronics, Siemens Corporate Technology

Philipp Schröder, Managing Director, sonnen GmbH

Philipp Schröder (Managing Director Sales and Marketing)
Philipp Schröder (33) is Managing Director of Sales and Marketing for sonnen GmbH. Before he returned to the company in 2015, he headed the German business for the U.S. electric car pioneer Tesla, whose market share he was able to increase significantly. Excited about the opportunities renewable energy offered, Philipp Schröder founded his first company in this sector already during his university studies. This was followed by positions as Sales Manager for juwi Solar and for sonnen GmbH, where he successfully built up the company's sales. After his work for Tesla, Philipp Schröder has been back with sonnen GmbH since October 2015 to further develop sales and marketing and to promote the company's international focus.

Dipl. Ing. Wolfgang Semper, Board of HYDRO and Automation, Andritz AG

Came to ANDRITZ in 2006 when it took over VA TECH HYDRO, was appointed a member of the board in 2011.

Areas of responsibility:
HYDRO as well as Automation group-wide

Professional development:
Managing Director of ANDRITZ HYDRO GmbH and Head of the Division Large Hydro in the HYDRO business unit, leading functions with VA TECH VOEST MCE and voestalpine MCE, Calculation Engineer for voestalpine AG

Ramon Vullings

Ramon Vullings is an expert in cross-industry innovation and inspires others with his motto: "The key is to take a look outside your industry and learn from other sectors". He points out cross-industry examples from global leading companies and demonstrates impressively that the solution cannot be "copy and paste", but can only be successful by means of "copy - adapt - paste".