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)

Ass. iur. Oliver Antoni, LL.M. has been with the Foundation for Environmental Energy Law (Stiftung Umweltenergierecht) since 2012 and took on the position of project manager in the research project “Law of Renewable Energies and Energy Economics” in 2014. He primarily works in the fields of energy efficiency law, law of sector coupling, and heat transition. Oliver Antoni is involved in a range of projects, particularly those dealing with various aspects of energy law and constitutional law. Other projects he is currently working on are concerned with sector coupling, flexibility and heating. He is head of the Stiftung Umweltenergierecht project “Energy Transition in North Germany 4.0 (NEW 4.0)” as part of the SINTEG programme. Previously, he had worked as an in-house counsel and project manager at ABGnova GmbH since 2010. His tasks included giving legal advice in the field of energy law with a focus on energy reduction law and renewable energy law. Before that, he worked as a lawyer in Frankfurt and Hanover focusing on public and private construction law as well as environmental law. He also participated in several research projects in the environmental, energy and efficiency sector as a research assistant at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Oliver Antoni studied law at the Universities of Erlangen and Hannover. He graduated in 2000 and completed his legal traineeship at the Higher Regional Court Celle. Subsequently, he got his master’s degree in Environmental and Energy Law at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

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

Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Anzengruber (born 1956) studied mechanical engineering / business administration at TU Vienna (1977-1982). Professional experience from 1983 – 1999 in leading positions at SGP Simmering Graz Pauker AG, SYSTEC Industrieautomation GmbH, ABB Industrie GmbH, ABB Energie AG and ABB Industrie- & Gebäudesysteme GmbH.

From 1999 to 2003 Member of the Executive Board of Salzburg AG, with September 2003 move to Palfinger AG as Chairman of the Executive Board (2003-2008). In January 2009, he was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board and CFO of VERBUND AG, since January 2014 CEO of VERBUND AG.
 

Dr.-Ing. Katharina Beumelburg, Senior Vice President Strategy, Siemens Gas & Power

Katharina is Senior Vice President at Siemens AG and the global head of Strategy of the Siemens Operating Company Gas & Power. 
Katharina joined Siemens in 2005. During her Siemens career she held different positions in Siemens Management Consulting, the internal Consulting Company of Siemens, including Vice President and has built up a new internal consulting company for Process- and Expert Consulting as CEO. She was the global head of Siemens Business excellence being responsible for Quality, operational excellence, the company improvement program top+ and the expert consulting company. In October 2015 Katharina was appointed to CEO of the Business Segment “Hydrogen Solutions” within Siemens before she got into her current role. 
Before her Siemens career Katharina worked for the “Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation” in Stuttgart, focusing on robotics and the optimization of assembly systems. 
Katharina is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. 

Dr. Florian Ermacora, Head of Unit Wholesale Markets Electricity and Gas, Internal Energy Market Directorate, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission

Dr. Florian Ermacora studied law at the universities of Innsbruck and Paris, and obtained his doctorate in Vienna.

Since 1996, Dr. Ermacora has worked as an official at the European Commission (Directorate-General for Environment; Directorate-General for Internal Market; Directorate-General for Energy). In the period from 2001 to 2004, Dr. Ermacora worked at the international law firm of Schönherr in Vienna.

Between February 2010 and November 2012, Dr. Ermacora was assistant to the Director-General for Energy, Philip Lowe. Between November 2012 and December 2014, Dr. Ermacora headed up the department for Communication and Inter-Institutional Relations of the Directorate-General for Energy. Since January 2015, Dr. Ermacora has been responsible for the department of Wholesale Markets Electricity and Gas.

Dr. Ermacora has published several books and specialist articles in the areas of European Environmental and Business Law.
 

Dipl.-Kfm. Joerg Alexander Ferchow, Chief Solution Expert Digital Strategy, SAP SE


Dipl.-Kfm. Jörg Alexander Ferchow is an expert for the utilities industry in the Energy & Natural Resources division at SAP SE. He supports companies in the worldwide energy sector in their digital transformation. Together with customers, partners and other SAP colleagues, he designs and develops application cases with the objective of advancing energy system transformation. Mr. Ferchow is also a trained Design Thinking Coach. He graduated from the University of Regensburg with a degree in economics, majoring in computer science.
 

Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick, vice president, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy gGmbH

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Fischedick has been a member of the executive board of the Wuppertal Institute since March 2010 and vice president since 2006. Until 2010, he headed the research group “Future Energy and Mobility Structures” (with more than 50 scientists from various disciplines, including PhD students). From February 2008 to February 2010, he was the acting scientific head of the institute. In November 2008, he was appointed professor for economics at the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics at the University of Wuppertal.

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

Though raised in northern Germany, it is the future that has always been his home – Kai Gondlach held various positions in consulting firms and the strategy department of a DAX mobility group. He studied sociology and politics in Berlin and has a master's degree in futurology. After his studies, he built up the marketing department of a Berlin-based start-up company in the publishing sector. Between graduating from high school and his current job, he was an independent online marketing expert for small and medium-sized enterprises. Since the beginning of 2015, he has been the senior researcher at 2b AHEAD ThinkTank in Leipzig, which was founded by Sven Gábor Jánszky 16 years ago. At 2b AHEAD, Gondlach primarily researches the future of different industries, authors trend studies and is part of consulting projects of the think tank. In addition, he brings the knowledge of the largest trend research institute in German-speaking countries to his speeches in the DACH region.

Norbert Hofer, minister for transport, innovation and technology

Norbert Hofer was born on March 2, 1971 in Vorau in Styria and grew up in Pinkafeld in Burgenland, Austria. After taking his A-levels at the Higher Federal Technical Institute for Aeronautics in Eisenstadt, he worked as a systems engineer for the Austrian airline Lauda Air. From 1996 on, Hofer was provincial party secretary of the Austrian Freedom Party FPÖ Burgenland and has been deputy party chairman since 2006. After the National Council elections in 2006, he became a member of the National Council. In November 2013, Hofer was elected 3rd president of the National Council. He was the FPÖ’s candidate in the 2016 elections for the federal president. He made it into the runoff, which he only lost by a thin margin. On 18th December 2017, Norbert Hofer was sworn in as federal minister for transport, innovation and technology.

Christian Holzleitner, department head at DG CLIMA, European Commission

Christian Holzleitner is currently Head of Unit responsible for Finance for Innovation and Land Use in the Directorate-General for Climate Action in the European Commission. Previously, he worked as assistant to the Director-General for Climate Action covering all issues related to EU and international climate policy; and at the Directorate-General for Competition in the area of State aid for services of general economic interest in the postal, transport, and health sectors.
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).

Elisabeth Köstinger, Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism (inquiry made)

Elisabeth Köstinger (ÖVP) was born in 1978 in Wolfsberg. She has been the Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism since December. Her areas of responsibility include agriculture and forestry, environment and climate protection, waste and water management, energy and mining as well as tourism and cohesion policy. Elisabeth Köstinger was a Member of the European Parliament and a member of the grouping of the European People’s Party from 2009 to 2017. She was also active as spokeswoman for agriculture, the environment and women in the ÖVP delegation to the European Parliament (EP). In 2017, she was appointed Secretary General of the Austrian People’s Party and after the successful election in autumn 2017 she was appointed President of the National Council. A short time later, Köstinger moved to the Federal Government, where she took on responsibility for the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism. Before starting her political career, Elisabeth Köstinger worked in the Carinthian regional health insurance fund and freelanced in the communications sector while studying journalism. She was also active in the Rural Youth as a federal manager, amongst other posts.

Mag. Wilhelm Molterer, managing director, European Investment Bank

From 1994 to 2002, Mag. Wilhelm Molterer was federal minister of agriculture, forestry, environment and water management. From 2007 to 2008, Mag. Molterer was the Austrian vice chancellor and federal minister of finance and vice chairman of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) From 2008 to 2011, he was a member of the Austrian National Council and spokesperson for constitutional matters. 
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.
 

Prof. Dr.-Ing Stefan Nießen MBA, head of the technology field energy systems, Siemens Corporate Technology

Prof. Nießen is in charge of the technology field Energy Systems at Siemens Corporate Technology. This technology field comprises seven research groups in Germany, Russia, China and Austria. The research groups strive for a holistic modelling and optimisation of energy systems. Thematically, the technology field brings together research and development in the fields of energy conversion components, circuit breakers, network topologies, gas combustion, sustainability and life cycle analysis. Since 1994, Stefan Nießen has been working in energy technology and energy economics. Before he joined Siemens, he headed AREVA GmbH’s research and development and their international marketing. During six-year start-up phase, Stefan Nießen was part of the core team that set up what is Europe’s largest energy exchange today, the European Energy Exchange. He holds a PhD from the faculty for electrical engineering from RWTH Aachen and an MBA from Duke University.

Dr. Maren Petersen, division head of generation and systems integration, head of sector coupling staff position, BDEW Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft e.V.

After completing her studies in mechanical engineering in the field of energy technology (Dipl.-Ing.), Dr. Maren Petersen worked on various projects in the field of integrated urban ecology for the use of decentralised cogeneration plants and the use of renewable energies (“Photovoltaic Megawatt Project Berlin”). As a research assistant at the Bremen Energy Institute, she prepared studies and expert opinions on energy technology-related issues and later mainly on energy efficiency issues and earned her PhD in this field (Dr.rer.pol.).

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.
 

DI Josef Plank, Secretary General, Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism

Since January 2018 Secretary General, Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism
Aug. 2016 – Jan. 2018 Secretary General of the Austrian Chamber of Agriculture
January – July 2016 Deputy Secretary-General of the Austrian Chamber of Agriculture
May – Dec. 2015 Head of Department in the Austrian Chamber of Agriculture
2015 – 2017 President of the Austrian Biomass Association
2011 – 2015 President of the umbrella organisation Renewable Energy Austria
2009 – 2015 Managing Director of RENERGIE, now ContourGlobal erneuerbare Energie Europa GmbH
2000 – 2009 Provincial Council for Agriculture, Environment, Nature Conservation, Disaster Control, and Energy with a special focus on renewable energy in Lower Austria
1996 – 2000 Chairman of the Executive Board of Agrarmarkt Austria, Vienna
1993 – 1996 Head of Department for Livestock and Meat, Agrarmarkt Austria, Vienna
1982 – 1993 Lecturer for livestock and meat marketing in the Lower Austrian Chamber of Agriculture
 

Dipl. Ing. Eva Plunger, Project Coordination R&D and Innovation Projects, VERBUND Solutions GmbH

Project Coordination R&D and Innovation Projects, R&D&I Stakeholder Management, EURELECTRIC e-mobility working group member for Austria (representing Oesterreichs Energie).

Education: University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria. Studies in Landscape Planning and Landscape Ecology. Graduation in 2001.
De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom. Postgraduate Master of Science Course "Climate Change and Sustainable Development". Distance Learning Course. Graduation in 2007.

Professional Experience:
2001 - 2008: Employed in consulting companies with focus on project management of international R&D and investment projects, strategic consultancy for large Austrian companies (OMV, Asfinag, Bundesforste and others).

2008-2010: Senior Technical Consultant at the national funding agency Kommunalkredit Public Consulting with focus on development and management of funding programmes and evaluation of projects (national funding programmes: Umweltfoerderung im Inland, Climate and Energy Fund) focus on R&D and large scale Demonstration projects, e-mobility infrastructure projects, photovoltaic).

Since May 2010: R&D and innovation project coordination and stakeholder management at VERBUND. Development, management and execution of cooperative R&D and Innovation projects with focus on e-mobility, energy management, green hydrogen, local battery storage systems. Professional experience with funding programmes FP7, NER300, Horizon2020, FCH JU, TEN T, CEF Transport, CEF Energy, CEF Synergy and several national funding programmes.

Dipl.-Ing. Gerd Pollhammer, Head of Smart Infrastructure CEE, Siemens AG Österreich

Since April 2019, Gerd Pollhammer has headed the corporate company smart infrastructure for the Siemens CEE region, which comprises 21 countries. Smart Infrastructure consolidates Siemens solutions for power supply, from intelligent control of entire networks and medium-voltage substations to consumers in buildings and the industry and to a comprehensive portfolio of building technology.

Gerd Pollhammer began his professional career in 1983 at Siemens in program and system development. This was followed by several years as the project manager for network control technology projects and as the head of the development of energy management and energy market programs in Vienna and Nuremberg as well as the sales manager for transmission control systems. From 2006, he was responsible for the energy automation business segment, at first in CEE, then later across the globe. From 2014 to 2019, Gerd Pollhammer headed the energy management division in CEE.

Gerd Pollhammer holds a degree in electrical engineering and electrical power engineering from Vienna University of Technology.
 

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.

Michael Sattler, Head of Future Energy, OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH

Michael Sattler (38) has worked at OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH for more than 15 years. 
As part of his internship at a university of applied sciences, he started out in the Strategy department in 2003, and after completing his studies in information and knowledge management at FH Burgenland (Eisenstadt), he moved to the supply sector.
Having successfully implemented the EU’s Transport Biofuels Directive, he took over management of the Aviation division, then moved to B2B Business Development and in 2014 to the operational Supply & Logistics division of OMV Petrom in Bucharest. In April 2017, Sattler took over management of the OMV Future Energy division in Vienna, since when he has been responsible for OMV’s strategic positioning and commitment in this area.
 

VD DI Helmut Schreiner MBA, technology and operations executive board, Zillertaler Verkehrsbetriebe AG

01/2017 - technology and operations executive board CTO Zillertaler Verkehrsbetriebe AG
 
05/2014 - 12/2016 group manager Bahnbau International SEE PORR AG
 
02/1998 - 04/2014 authorised signatory branch manager railway construction projects Swietelsky Bau GmbH

Prok. Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Schwab, Director - Market Management, Business Development and Corporate Communications, ANDRITZ HYDRO GmbH

Since 1979 ELIN-Union resp. VA-TECH
Since 1996 Senior Vice President
2006 Acquired by the Andritz Group
Director Market Management, Business Development & Corporate Communication 
Press spokesperson for ANDRITZ HYDRO GmbH
Managing Director of ANDRITZ HYDRO Vienna

National/international positions:
CEO of ÖGE
Member of the Foreign Trade Advisory Board of the Federal Economic Chambers
Member of the Advisory Board of Austrian Technology Corporation
President of the Austrian/Turkish Business Cooperation Council 
Representative of Andritz in the International Hydropower Association
Representative of Andritz in RESPACT
Representative of Andritz in World Business Council for Sustainable Development GmbH
 

DI Michael Strebl, managing director, Wien Energie GmbH

Michael Strebl (54), former managing director of Salzburg Netz GmbH, has been chairman of the board for Wien Energie since October 2016. The recognised energy expert worked in various positions at Salzburg AG for more than 20 years and has a technology and business degree. A Salzburg native, he is married and the father of two children. He has been working in the energy industry since 1994 and has gained experience at home and abroad, such as at the renowned London School of Economics (LSE) in England or at Siemens USA in Silicon Valley.

Bernhard Weingartner, TU Vienna

The physicist Bernhard Weingartner’s mission is to convey complex topics in a simple way. He supports institutes, companies and start-ups in getting to the heart of their research innovations. To this end, he organizes interactive science shows and science slam competitions throughout the country. He writes popular non-fiction books, explains everyday scientific phenomena on TV and teaches at TU Vienna. And sometimes he realizes amazing biblical miracles in the public domain.

Dr. James Watson, Secretary General, Eurogas

Dr Watson is the Secretary General of Eurogas, a role he has held since January 2019. Eurogas is the association representing the European gas wholesale, retail and distribution sectors.

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 centre, VERBUND Solutions

Rudolf Zauner studied process engineering at Graz University of Technology and University College London. He then went on to work in technical process development at BASF AG in Ludwigshafen, Germany, followed by a stint at the Center for Innovative Sintered Products in Pennsylvania, United States.

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.