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Günther Oettinger

Günther Oettinger

Commissioner Responsible for Energy, European Commission

 

- German
- Born on 15 October 1953 in Stuttgart
- Protestant
- One son
- Member of the European Commission responsible for energy since February 2010
  
Political career
- 2005 - 2010 Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
- Member of the Governing Board and the Federal Executive Committee of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU Deutschland) since 2005.
- Member of the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg from 1984 to 2010.
- Chairman of the Federal Committee on Media Policy of the CDU from 1999 to 2006 and of the Media Policy Experts’ Group of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany from 2006 to 2010.
- Chairman of the Christian Democratic Union of Baden-Württemberg (CDU Baden-Württemberg) from 29 April 2005 to 20 November 2009.
- Co-Chairman of the Commission on the Modernisation of Financial Relations between the Federal Government and the German States (Federalism Reform II) from March 2007 to March 2009.
- District Chairman of the CDU in northern Württemberg (CDU Nordwürttemberg) from December 2001 to July 2005.
- Chairman of the CDU in Ditzingen from 1977 to 1985.
- Federal State Chairman of 'Junge Union Baden-Württemberg’ (youth section of the CDU in Baden-Württemberg) from 1983 to 1989.
- District Councillor in Ludwigsburg from 1979 to 1993.
- Town Councillor in Ditzingen from 1980 to 1994. Leader of CDU members of Ditzingen Municipal Council from 1982 to 1994.
 
Professional career
- Chairman of the CDU Baden-Württemberg parliamentary group in the State Parliament from January 1991 to April 2005.
- From 1988 to 2005, lawyer and CEO of a firm of auditors and tax consultancy.
- From 1984 to 1988, lawyer employed by a firm of auditors and tax consultancy.
- From 1982 to 1984, employed by a firm of auditors and tax consultancy.
- Member and Presidency (March 2007-February 2009) of ‘Four Motors of Europe’.  
 
Education
- Studied law and economics in Tübingen. First State Law Examination in 1978. Scientific Assistant at Tübingen University. Second State Law Examination in 1982.
- Primary school in Ditzingen, grammar school and ‘Abitur’ (upper secondary school leaving certificate) in Korntal. 
 
Languages
German: mother tongue
English: proper knowledge  
French: basic knowledge
Italian: basic knowledge

Jan Olbrycht

Jan Olbrycht

Member, European Parliament

 

Vice-Chair
- Special committee on the policy challenges and budgetary resources for a sustainable European Union after 2013

Member
- Committee on Budgetary Control
- Committee on Regional Development
- Delegation for relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo

Substitute
- Committee on Budgets
- Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union

Curriculum vitae
- Doctorate in sociology, Jagiellonian University (1984).
- Lecturer: University of Silesia (1979-1990). Lecturer: Jagiellonian University (1985-1989).
- Traineeship at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris (1988-1989).
- Lecturer: University of Bielsko-Biała; University of Economics in Katowice (since 2002).
- Chairman of the Policy Council of the Solidarity Electoral Action (AWS) Social Movement (2002-2004). - Member of the Civic Platform (PO) National Council (since 2004).
- Member of the Political Bureau of the European People's Party - European Democrats (2006-2009).

Mayor of Cieszyn (1990-1998). Member of Cieszyn Council (1990-1998).
Member of the Śląskie Provincial Assembly (1998-2004).
Leader of the Śląskie Provincial Executive (1998-2002).

MEP, Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Regional Development, Vice-Chairman of the URBAN-Housing Intergroup, Vice-Chairman of the Polish delegation in the EPP-ED (2004-2009).

Vice-Chairman of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) (1995-2001). Head of the Polish delegation to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (1990-1998). Member of the Bureau of the Assembly of European Regions (ARE) (2000-2004).

Member of the National Regional Policy Council (2000-2004). Member of the Committee for National Spatial Planning, Polish Academy of Sciences (2003-2008).

Emperor Maximilian award for contribution to European local and regional politics. Golden Ribbon of the Association of Polish Towns (honorary award for outstanding services to local government). MEP of the Year 2007 - awarded by The Parliament Magazine in the Regional Policy category. Winner of the Silesian Quality Award. Honorary Silesian of the Year 2008. Knight's Cross of the Order of Poland Reborn. Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite.

Nicola Beer

Nicola Beer

Secretary of State for European Affairs, State of Hessen, Germany

 

1989 - Franco-german high school graduation
1989 - 1991 - Job-training to a bank business management assistant
1991 - 1997 - Study of the law at the Johann Wolfgang-Goethe-University, Frankfurt, 1997 1st state law examination; 1999 2nd state law examination
since 1992 - Member of the district free democratic party (FDP) in Frankfurt
1992 - 1996 - Exhibitioner from the German National Academic Foundation
1994 - 1997 - Member in convent from the Johann Wolfgang-Goethe-University Frankfurt
since 1995 - Member of the district FDP-Party in Hessen and of the district liberal women in Hessen
1997 - September 1999 City councillor in Frankfurt
1999 - Deputy chairman of the city councillor in Frankfurt
April 1999 - February 2009 Member of the State Parliament of Hessen
1999 - 2009 Advocate
2003 - 2008 Parliamentary administrator from the FDP-parliamentary party in the State Parliament of Hessen
since 2007 Member of the district FDP-Party in Germany
April 2008 - February 2009 Deputy chairman from the FDP-parliamentary party in the State Parliament of Hessen
since February 5th, 2009 State Secretary for European Affairs in Hessen

Pedro Ballesteros

Pedro Ballesteros

Principal Administrator, European Commission

 

Pedro Ballesteros Torres is principal administrator at Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission. Among his duties, he is in charge of the launch and overall management of the Covenant of Mayors, the EU initiative to support the cities leading the fight against climate change, involving over 1900 cities and 127 million people in the continent.

He is Engineer in Food Industry at the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid, and has a MBA in Energy Business. From 1984 to 1994 worked as consultant in energy and environment topics for the EU and United Nations. He works at the European Commission since 1995.

Before assuming the present responsibilities he was responsible, among other things, of the OPET Network for energy technologies, the network of local and regional energy agencies, the Intelligent Energy Europe programme and the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign.

Jan Corfee-Morlot

Jan Corfee-Morlot

PhD, Senior Analyst / Climate Change Project Manager, OECD

 

Dr. Jan Corfee-Morlot is a Senior Analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She has dedicated most of her career to intergovernmental affairs in the climate change policy arena. With expertise on energy and environmental issues, she has worked with national and local governments to design institutions and reform policies to respond to climate change. She has managed policy related research in areas spanning mitigation and adaptation, finance, multilevel governance and GHG monitoring and evaluation approaches. Dr. Corfee-Morlot is a member of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Prior to joining the OECD, she held positions with the International Energy Agency (Paris), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (California) and state and local governments. Dr. Corfee-Morlot earned a PhD in geography from University College London and is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a citizen of both the United States and France, married with two children, and resides in Paris.

Mercedes Bresso

Mercedes Bresso

President, Committee of the Regions

 

President of the Committee of the Regions
Member of Piedmont Regional Council
- Born 12 July 1944 in San Remo, in the province of Imperia (Italy)
- Married

Education
- Doctorate in economics and commerce

Career
Since 1973 University professor in economic institutions, most recently at Turin Polytechnic University, specialising in environmental economics

1985 - 1995 Member of Piedmont Regional Council
1995 – 2004 President of the Turin Provincial Council
1998 – 2004 Member of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the CoR Bureau
2000 – 2004 President of the World Federation of United Cities (FMCU-UTO)
2000 – 2004 President of the Franco-Italian Alps Conference (CAFI)
2000 – 2004 President of the Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas (METREX)
In 2004 Founding President of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
2004 - 2005 Member of the European Parliament
2005 – 2008 President of the European Union of Federalists (EUF)
2005 – 2010 President of Piedmont Region
Since 2005 Member of the Committee of the Regions
Since 2006 President of the Italian Association for the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (IACMER) and Vice-president of the CMER
In 2006 Co-founder of the Alps-Mediterranean Euroregion (Piedmont, Liguria, Aoste Valley, Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur)
2006 - 2010 Chairmen of the PES Group at the Committee of the Regions
2007 - 2009 Chairman of the Mediterranean Committee of the UCLG
2009-2010 President of the Association of Elected Representatives from Mountainous Areas (AEM)
In 2009 Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Regions with Legislative Powers (REGLEG)
Since 2010 Co-President of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM)

Distinctions
1996 - Awarded the medal of the Grand Officer of the Italian Republic

Christian Egenhofer

Christian Egenhofer

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies

 

Function
Senior Fellow and head of the Energy and climate programme; Senior Research Fellow & Jean-Monnet Lecturer, Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

Area of Expertise
Energy policy and regulation, Climate change policy; EU business policy, Environmental policy, Transport policy, Politics of the EU, Institutions of the EU, Regulatory policy, Sustainable development

Languages
English, French, German

Education
Masters in International Administration, University of Konstanz; Public Law Degree

To view Christian's publications, please go to: http://www.ceps.eu/member/christian-egenhofer

Willy Tomboy

Willy Tomboy

Director Environmental Affairs, Toyota Motor Europe

 

Willy has a Masters degree in Economics and Environmental Management. He has worked in the automotive industry in Belgium, Germany, Canada, USA and is currently Director Environmental Affairs of Toyota Motor Europe.
Willy's main challenges are to keep the environment on the radar screen/agenda of the company and to ensure that actions are taken to reduce environmental impact/carbon footprint of the activities.

Some main areas covered are: Climate Change, C02 company footprint, Emissions Trading, Life Cycle Thinking, Chemical Regulations, Environmental Management System ISO140O1, Recycling of Resources, and Sustainability Reporting.

Eirini Zafeiratou

Eirini Zafeiratou

Head of EU Affairs, Vodafone

 

Eirini Zafeiratou is managing the Brussels representation office of Vodafone. Prior to joining Vodafone Eirini held various roles in the telecoms industry and was the director of GSM Europe Brussels, the European interest group of the GSM association and legal adviser at ETNO the fixed telecoms association. Eirini is a Greek lawyer trained in European and telecommunication laws in Athens Greece and in Saarbruecken University of Saarland Germany.

Erwin Dolmans

Erwin Dolmans

Senior Director, Global Outdoor Lighting, Philips

 

Erwin Dolmans has been working for Philips in the domain of Outdoor Lighting for last twenty years, based in the Netherlands.

Currently, Erwin is active as global marketing director and responsible for the strategic direction of the professional outdoor lighting segment. Focus areas include fast growing cities in the Asia Pacific region and the renovation of old and energy inefficient installations in North America and Europe. Recently the scope has been extended to emerging markets, Africa and rural areas in Asia, with sustainable lighting systems.

Erwin’s role is to define the needs of city authorities with respect to the liveability and identity of cities, combined with demands on energy efficiency and operational flexibility. These insights are to be translated into the most optimal lighting solutions, using latest technology. Care for the natural environment is Erwin’s personal drive, which he is able to practise in business life at Philips.

Kristina Dely

Kristina Dely

, Head of Covenant of Mayors Office

 

Kristina Dely has been heading the Covenant of Mayors Office since its establishment in January 2009. The office − composed of 5 major European network of local-authorities − co-ordinates the Covenant of Mayors (www.eumayors.eu) an initiative by the European Commission, whereby more than 850 local authorities have committed to reduce their CO2 emissions by more than 20% by 2020. Formerly, Kristina was in charge of European Affairs of Energie-Cite's (www.energie-cites.eu), a European association representing 1000 local authorities from 30 countries.
Kristina holds a Masters degree in economy and environmental management from Budapest University of Economics and the Ecole de Management de Lyon.

Denis Baupin

Denis Baupin

Deputy Mayor, Paris

 

Denis Baupin was from 2001 to March 2008 Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of transports, traffic, parking and roads and was a key architect of the new transport policy in Paris. Since March 2008, Denis Baupin is deputy mayor of Paris in charge of sustainable development, environment and climate plan.

Denis Baupin is Vice-President of Energie-Cités and is also responsible for the coordination of French cities involved in the Covenant of Mayors.

Arno Behrens

Arno Behrens

Head of Energy & Research Fellow, The Centre for European Policy Studies

 

Arno Behrens is Head of Energy and Research Fellow at the Unit for Energy and Climate Change of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). Before that, he worked as Second Secretary at the German Federal Foreign Office in the context of the 2007 German Presidency of the European Union. Other main cornerstones of his career include the European Commission, the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Main research areas include European responses to energy and climate change issues as well as policy options in support of sustainable development. Mr Behrens is an economist with training in environmental economics and management, as well as in international development. He is about to complete his PhD about the sustainability of current patterns of global natural resource and energy use.

Roman Doubrava

Roman Doubrava

DG ENER, European Commission

 

Roman DOUBRAVA graduated at University of Economics in Bratislava and followed his studies on Economics and politics of renewable energy at Technical University of Salzburg. He worked for previous decade as a consultant and director of the Energy Centre Bratislava, an NGO working in the field of sustainable energy policy and managed number of local energy projects in Central and Eastern Europe and Western Balkans. He was also actively involved both in Slovak and EU energy policy as member of advisory committees.

In 2008 he joined the European Commission, where he works in the field of local energy policies and EU horizontal initiatives targeting municipalities and regions. His particular duties include Covenant of Mayors, ELENA facility and other relevant EU initiatives.

Jorge  Núñez Ferrer

Jorge Núñez Ferrer

Associate Research Fellow, CEPS

 

Jorge Núñez Ferrer is an independent analyst and consultant associated with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). After his studies in the UK (London School of Economics, Wye College and Imperial College), he established himself in Brussels as a researcher in 1998.
Between the years 2000-2004 he worked as a specialist on EU funds and the enlargement process in the European Commission's Economic and Financial Affairs Directorate General. There he has contributed on many aspects of the budget, from the CAP and structural funds to the future of the Financial Perspectives and the EU budget's own resources mechanism.

He has written widely on EU policies and their public finance implications recently on climate change mitigation and adaptation. He has been a consultant and advisor to various member states, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the FAO, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the International Trade Centre of the UN and has published in various think tanks. Presently he is a member of the Adaptation Steering Group of the European Commission.

Göran Näslund

Göran Näslund

Global Business Development Manager Utilities, Vodafone

 

Göran has a background within various IT companies since 1986 where he has held sales, business development and management positions. He started to work in the Telecom sector in 2002 helping companies and organizations reshape and develop their business using mobile technology. Active in the Scandinavian market, where Smart Meters was mandated early last decade, focus was on the Utility sector and he has been involved in Smart Metering implementations numbering some 4 million metering points. He recently joined Vodafone where he is managing the business development within the Utility sector. As part of Vodafone’s overall strategy to tackle climate change, focus includes providing smart services in order to improve efficiency in the electricity grid and supply tools to monitor and manage energy usage.

Pekka Sauri

Pekka Sauri

Deputy Mayor, Helsinki

 

Pekka Sauri has served as Deputy Mayor of the City of Helsinki since 2003, in charge of Public Works and Environmental Affairs. He was elected to the office as a Finnish Green League party member by Helsinki City Council, first for a seven-year term, and re-elected for another seven years in 2010.

Prior to his current office, Dr Sauri served in various positions in mental health counselling in Finland in 1975−2003. He was Chairman of the Green League of Finland in 1991−93. He also worked as a radio journalist in 1986−2002.

Dr Sauri’s long list of positions of trust over the past 21 years, both in Finland and internationally, include chairmanship of the European Federation of Green Parties in 1994−97.
Dr Sauri holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Brunel University, London, U.K.

Johannes Feist

Johannes Feist

Head of Division Global Loans Europe, KfW Bankengruppe

 

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

08/2009 - KfW Bankengruppe, Berlin, Germany
Position: Head of Division, Global Loans Europe
− Development of Financing Solutions for Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energies in EU-27 plus Croatia
− Investment Financing for SMEs and Municpalities in EU-27 plus Croatia

2006 – 07/2009 KfW Bankengruppe, Frankfurt, Germany
Position: Head of Division, Promotional Instruments and Financial Products
− Development of Financial Products for KfW Development Bank
− Negotiation of Federal Budget Funds for German Financial Cooperation with Developing and Transition Countries (via KfW)

2003 - 2006 KfW Bankengruppe, Office Belgrade, Serbia
Position: Director, Belgrade Office
− Coordination of German Financial Cooperation with Serbia
− Structuring and Closing of Investments in Municipal (District Heating, Water / Waster Water), Energy (Liginite Production, Hydro Energy) and Financial Sector

2001 – 2006 KfW Bankengruppe, Office Pristina, Kosovo
Position: Director, Belgrade Office
− Coordination of German Financial Cooperation with Kosovo
− Structuring and Closing of Investments in Municipal (Water / Waster Water), Thermal Energy and Financial Sector

1999 – 2001 KfW Bankengruppe, Frankfurt, Germany
Position: Project Manager, Russia and Ukraine
− Implementation of Financial Cooperation Projects in Russia and Ukraine
− Board Member for two VC Funds in Russia
1997 – 1999 Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft (IABG), Ottobrunn, Germany
Position: Project Manager
− Consultant with the German Armed Forces
1995 – 1997
Faculty of Economics, University of Munich, Germany
Position: Assistant Lecturer
− PhD on Financing Issues of Russian Corporates after Privatisation
1994 – 1995 European Centre for International Security (EUCIS), Starnberg, Germany
Position: Project Manager
− Coordination of EU Study „Shaping Factors, Shaping Actors – the Former Soviet Union by the Year 2000 and Beyond“

1993 – 1994 European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Position: Stagiaire

1986 – 1987 (West) German Army, 1st Mountain Division

UNIVERSITY EDUCATION

1987 – 1993 University of Munich, Germany and Université de Bordeaux, France
− PhD in Economics
− Diplom-Volkswirt (Master in Economics)

Henrik Forsgren

Henrik Forsgren

Director for Public Affairs, Göteborg Energi

 

Henrik was born in 1958 in Karlstad, Sweden. He holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden (1984).

Before joining Göteborg Energi in the capacity of Director for Public Affairs, in February 2009, his professional career took place within the automotive industry.

The objective of his present assignment at Göteborg Energi is to work for a sustainable Gothenburg Society within the energy sector, i.e. to support and promote the extended use of sustainable energy and transport systems like biogas, district heating and cooling by using surplus energy and sustainable energy sources, and by the increased use of various kinds of green electricity like wind, solar and wave power for both stationary and mobile applications.

From 1984 to 2009, he worked for Volvo, both the Car and Truck corporations, mostly in Sweden, but also in Lyon, France (1993-94). He was working part time in Brussels, Belgium in 2002 – 2005. Major assignments at Volvo were:
- Strategic Product Planning – Electrical Systems (Volvo Trucks)
- Engine Research and Development (Volvo Trucks – Renault, Lyon France)
- Public Affairs - Company Brand and Core Values, Positioning and Lobbying (Volvo Cars and Trucks)
- Brand Communication (Volvo Cars)

He married Annika in 1984. They have two children, 21 and 18 years old.

Alain Berger

Alain Berger

VP European Affairs, Head of Brussels Office, Alstom

 

Mr. Alain F. Berger has formally assumed the position of VP European Affairs and Head of the Brussels’ office since 2008.Mr. Berger’s career life spanned the following positions:

1999 until now – ALSTOM

• President of ALSTOM China in Beijing from June 2003 to Dec.2007
• Mr. Berger had been Senior Vice President, Commercial & Sales of Hydro Power Business of ALSTOM worldwide since early 2001
• Mr. Berger joined ALSTOM in July 1999, as Senior Vice President, International Operations, Latin America.

1997 to 1999 – CAMPENON BERNARD SGE

Mr. Berger was the International Business Development Director of this company, which is dedicated to the civil engineering & construction of major infrastructure projects.

1985 to 1997 – CEGELEC (Alcatel Alsthom Group)

• 1994-1997 Based in CEGELEC headquarters, Mr. Berger had been successively
Deputy Director then International Commercial Director of the Group worldwide through direct subsidiaries, sales offices and representatives.
• 1985-1993 Mr. Berger had also served as a Marketing Vice President of CEGELEC’s subsidiaries in the USA.
• 1982-1985 Mr. Berger founded his own private company in the Dominican Republic and assumed the CEO position.
• 1981-1982 Trade Attache at the French Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.


Born in 1956, Mr. Berger graduated from HEC and received his MBAs from McGill University (Canada) and ESADE (Spain). He is married and has 2 children.

Edward Calthrop

Edward Calthrop

Sector Economist for Energy, European Investment Bank

 

Edward Calthrop joined the EIB in 2006, initially involved in the economic appraisal of transport projects. He has subsequently joined the Brussels-based office, dealing with the Commission and other EU Institutions in the field of transport and energy. He has a PhD in economics from the Catholic University of Leuven, and a post-doctorate from Oxford University.

Myriam Boveda

Myriam Boveda

Head of European Affairs, Energies Demain

 

Before joining Energies Demain in 2009 as Head of European Affairs in charge of European projects and the setting up of EU partnerships, Myriam Bovéda managed for several years EU French regional development programs within the European Commission’s Directorate General for Regional Policy (DG REGIO). There, she was also in charge of climate change and energy thematic coordination for French programs. As a European project manager in the Toulouse City Council, she was in charge of the setting up and management of European cities networks as well as programs and projects concerning sustainable urban development and social inclusion (European Social Fund), energy and transports research (SAVE, research framework programe), development of urban environment indicators (LIFE programme). Myriam Bovéda holds a master degree in European Law (Université des sciences sociales, Toulouse I) and a Bachelor of Laws degree (Thames Valley University, London).

Christa Anderson

Christa Anderson

Junior Professional Associate, World Bank

 

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Mathieu Fichter

Mathieu Fichter

Policy Analyst Environment, Thematic coordination, innovation, DG Regio, D.2, European Commission

 

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Peter Friis Hansen

Peter Friis Hansen

Senior Principal Researcher, DNV Research and Innovation, Energy Group, DNV

 

Nationality: Danish
Date of birth: 5 January 1960
Languages: Danish, English, Russian, German
Education: M.Sc. Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark, 1985
PhD Naval Architecture, Dept. Ocean Eng., DTU, 1994

Present position: 2008.11.03 -
Senior Principal Researcher, DNV Research and Innovation, Energy group.

Main projects at DNV Research and Innovation:
Applying risk based principles for adaptation to climate change.
Advanced risk modelling of complex systems.



Experience:
2001 – 2008: Professor in Safety Assessment of Marine Systems, at MEK-DTU, Denmark. During my stay at DTU I developed and taught the course: Risk and Decision Analysis. In the final years the course had more than 70 students signed op for the course. I have also been teaching courses in transport economics, structural analysis and finite element, and PhD-courses in structural reliability analysis.
1997 – 2001: Associate Professor at Department of Ocean Engineering, The Technical University of Denmark. Area: Risk and reliability analysis of marine structures.
1994 – 1997: Assistant Professor at Department of Ocean Engineering, The Technical University of Denmark. Area: Risk and reliability analysis of marine structures.
1990 – 1994: Research Assistant and Ph.d. Candidate in the area of Structural Reliability at Department of Ocean Engineering, The Technical University of Denmark.
1989 – 1990: Research Assistant at the Danish Engineering Academy in the field of Structural Reliability analysis.
1988 – 1989: Structural Engineer at Ramboll & Hannemann, Consulting Engineers, Dept. of Advanced Steel Structures. Area: Design of Thin-Walled Structures, Design of large guyed masts (mainly 250-500 m).
1985 – 1988: Engineer at Concrete and Structural Research Institute, Horsholm. Area: Research in Thin-Walled Structures, Finite Element Analysis, Development of Finite Element Computer Programs.
1983-Dec.83: Visiting Research assistant at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Research area: Thin-walled structures.

Awards:
1985: Price of Thin-Walled Structures, Denmark
1985: Price from Prof. Ostenfelds Gold Medal Foundation

I have supervised or co-supervised 7 PhD students, and am co-supervising one at present.

I have authored or co-authored more than 80 papers.

Vanessa Sánchez Ortega

Vanessa Sánchez Ortega

Project Coodrinator, Fundación Global Nature

 

Vanessa Sánchez holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences and she joined Fundación Global Nature in 2002. Since then, she has been involved in different projects related to nature protection and rural development. She currently coordinates a LIFE+ project “Local Action Plan to prevent Climate Change in Las Rozas de Madrid: Application and Evaluation of Municipal Management Methods (Las Rozas por el Clima)”, in collaboration with Las Rozas de Madrid City Council. The objective of this cross-sector and innovative project is to implement and measure the performance of different pilot actions in order to determine their effectiveness and to implement a local climate change action plan.

She has also coordinated other European projects, such as Ecoverger, an Interreg project that was carried out in France, Spain and Portugal. Her teaching experience includes several lectures, training courses and conferences related to environmental issues and, in particular, climate change.

Christian Krämer

Christian Krämer

First Vice President Corporate Management, KfW

 

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Gérard Magnin

Gérard Magnin

Executive Director, Energy Cities

 

At 60 years old, Gérard Magnin has been Executive Director of Energy-Cities for nearly 16 years, after having been one of the original founders of this European network in 1990.
Initially educated in electrical engineering, followed by economics and politics, he taught economic and social sciences for 8 years. He has been working for 25 years in this field of sustainable energy: in NGOs, thus in ADEME (French Agency for the Environment and Energy Management) and now in Energy-Cities.

A supporter of social innovation, he strives to integrate the energy and climate issue into the concerns of all of society’s stakeholders, especially those of local and regional authorities. He regularly highlights the fact that the major innovations came from the ground and that the networking of experiments and those responsible for them is a powerful factor for change.

He continues to persuade national and European levels to acknowledge the fact that none of the European Community’s objectives can be achieved without heavy involvement of the local authorities. Therefore he is a strong promoter of the Covenant of Mayors.
He wrote many articles on energy linked with territorial issues.

Energy-Cities (www.energy-cities.eu) is an association of Municipalities that helps cities to prepare their energy future. About 1000 European municipalities from 30 countries are involved in its activities.

Energy-Cities is chaired by the Municipality of Heidelberg (DE). The Board is formed by 11 municipalities from 11 countries. Based in Besançon (FR) and Brussels, the staffs are formed by 20 people from 7 nationalities.

Energy-Cities leads the Covenant of Mayors Office (www.eumayors.eu) together with other networks of cities and regional agencies.

Soraya Smaoun

Soraya Smaoun

Program Manager Urban Environment, UNEP

 

Soraya Smaoun is a Programme Officer in charge of urban environment issues within the Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch of the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics. She is task manager for the work on cities on urban environment, the development of UNEP ’s strategic direction in the area of urbanization and the environment and the integration of the urban dimension into key global environment issues such as climate change She acts as liaison officer with UNEP's sister agency UN-HABITAT, and together with other partners provides support to cities and their networks in a post-2012 global climate agreement. The role of cities in strengthening national and international responses to climate change is a key area of her work.

Before joining UNEP in 2008, she worked for 10 years in UN-HABITAT in the field of sustainable urban development. Soraya worked extensively on tools and policy advice to cities in developing countries in the areas of urban management and urban environment. Through the different positions she held in UN-HABITAT, she supported and worked with a variety of actors (governments, civil society, and private sector) through implementation of projects, advocacy and capacity-building in several domains: environmental planning, local development and governance, poverty reduction, violence prevention and gender.

Soraya holds a Post-Graduate Degree in Political Science with a focus on developing countries, from the Institute of Political Studies of Aix-en-Provence (France).

Régis Meyer

Régis Meyer

Conseiller Technique, Covenant of Mayors - Grand Lyon

 

Biography to appear here shortly...

Jean-Paul Peers

Jean-Paul Peers

Vice President, Energy Policy, Siemens

 

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Logistics

When

Wed 2 March, 2011 09.00 to
Thu 3 March, 2011 18.00

CET

 

Where

The Committee of Regions

Rue Belliard 99-101
B - 1040 Brussels
Belgium

Tel: +32 228 222 11

 

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Göran Näslund

 

 

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