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.

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Internal Energy Market director, DG Energy, European Commission

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Borchardt has worked in a variety of positions at the European Commission in Brussels since 1987. Since April of 2013, he has been the director of the “Internal Energy Market” in the Commission Directorate-General for Energy. He holds a law degree from the University of Hamburg (1974–1979) and a PhD from the Free University of Berlin. He is also a teaching professor at the faculty of law at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Bavaria for European community law.

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 his high school graduation and his current job, he was an independent online marketing expert for small and medium-sized companies. Since April 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, comes up with trend studies and is part of consulting projects. 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).

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.
 

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.
 

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

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 authorized signatory branch manager railway construction projects Swietelsky Bau 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.

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 center, 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.