Speakers – 15 May

Martin Forsén

Martin Forsén

President of EHPA

Mr Forsén received his Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering 1997, at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. After a short period at the electric utility Vattenfall, Forsén rejoined the Royal Institute of Technology as a researcher. Forsén was specialising in simulation of heat pump systems and worked closely with the Swedish heat pump industry. In 2003 Mr Forsén was recruited President of the Swedish Heat Pump Association, SVEP. He has since then been an active member of the EHPA where he for several years served as the chairman of the former Executive Committee and later the Steering Committee. Mr Forsén was recruited by NIBE in 2013 to his current position as Manager International Affairs. Mr Forsén is an active member of several EHPA Committees and is presently a member of the board

Lieve Helsen

Lieve Helsen

Professor in Mechanical Engineering, University of Leuven

Lieve Helsen (MSc in Chemical Engineering and PhD in Mechanical Engineering) is full professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), where she leads the Thermal Systems Simulation (The SySi) Team, focusing on optimizing the performance of thermal systems through integration of control and design. With this expertise she is also member of the EnergyVille core-team. Today Lieve Helsen is a partner in multiple European and international research projects and she is a member of International Scientific Advisory Boards.

Valerie Laplagne

Valerie Laplagne

Vice-President of UNICLIMA

Valerie Laplagne is managing the Heat Pumps Strategic Committee of Uniclima (the French syndicate for heating cooling and ventilation Industry) with 31 manufacturers representing 87% of the French market. Valerie Laplagne is also vice-president of the French heat pump association AFPAC.

Dries Acke

Dries Acke

Head of the Energy Union Programme, European Climate Foundation

Dries works as Head of the Energy Union Programme at the European Climate Foundation in Brussels. Dries carried forward the ECF’s flagship Roadmap 2050 project and now heads ECF’s activities on EU energy policy and the Energy Union. Previously, Dries worked at Apple, Inc. where he worked for five years in the EMEA Public Affairs department. He holds an M.A. in Contemporary History from the Catholic University of Brussels and Leuven, Belgium, and was awarded a post-graduate degree in International Relations from the Karl-Rüprecht University in Heidelberg, Germany. As a Belgian and native Dutch speaker, Dries also masters English and French and has a good level of German and Italian.

Krystian Ruby

Krystian Ruby

Secretary General, Eurelectric

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.

Paul Voss

Paul Voss

Euroheat and Power, Managing director

Paul Voss has been active in the EU energy policy debate for 12 years and has been the Managing Director of Euroheat & Power since late 2013. Prior to this, he was Head of Public Affairs at Danfoss District Energy, a global leader in the field of efficient technology for heating and cooling networks. Together with his team of extremely talented and award winning colleagues at Euroheat, Paul spends his working days telling stories, drinking coffee and arguing (1) that there can be no real energy transition without a fundamental change in the way we heat our buildings and (2) that district heating and cooling, when it’s done properly, has a massive role to play in achieving this, particularly in cities.
Originally from the UK, Paul grew up mostly in Canada and settled in Belgium after stints in France, Guatemala and South Korea.

Matthias Deutsch

Matthias Deutsch

Senior Associate, Agora Energiewende

Matthias Deutsch is a senior associate at Agora Energiewende and concentrates on power and heat sector coupling, as well as on storage. From 2007 to 2015, he worked as a consultant at Prognos AG, focusing on renewable energy, energy demand, gas grid development and statistical analyses, with his clients including companies, industry associations and governmental authorities. Prior to working for Prognos, he has been employed at the Hertie School of Governance and the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin. He is a graduate engineer in environmental technology (Berlin University of Technology) and holds a Ph.D. in policy studies from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, USA.

Thomas Pellerin-Carlin

Thomas Pellerin-Carlin

Head of the Jacques Delors Energy Centre and Research Fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute

Thomas joins the Jacques Delors Institute in 2015 and is now Head of the Jacques Delors Energy Centre and Jacques Delors Institute research fellow. Thomas works on the European Union energy policy, with a focus on energy innovation. He also teaches at the College of Europe Energy Union Training Programme and at the Sorbonne. He is also a member of the Policy Advisory Council of the European University Institute’s Florence School of Regulation. Thomas previously worked in the French Army, the French Administration (General Secretariat for European Affairs, 2012) in Academia for the College of Europe, (Belgium, 2013-2015) and its European Energy Policy Chair. Thomas studied political science and holds a MA from the College of Europe (2012-2013, Václav Havel Promotion) and an MA from Sciences-Po Lille (2007-2012, Promotion George Orwell).

James Kenneth Ryder Watson

James Kenneth Ryder 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.

Raymond C. Decorvet

Raymond C. Decorvet

Global Business Development - Electro-Thermal Energy Storage (ETES), MAN Energy Solutions

Raymond C. Decorvet joined MAN Energy Solutions Switzerland (Zurich) last year and is working in Business Development for the newly introduced ETES solution (Electro-Thermal Energy Storage). He holds a degree in economics and has a big affinity to complex system solutions. He believes in collaboration among stakeholders. Prior to MAN, Raymond has been working for ABB in the Data Center business where he held a senior global role. Before entering the machine industry he spent 25 years in ICT in different managing functions in Business Development and marketing.

Collin Bootsveld

Collin Bootsveld

Project Engineer, Colruyt Group

Collin Bootsveld is a Project Engineer at Colruyt Group and responsible for the introduction of natural refrigerants for refrigeration in supermarkets. He has a background as a Process Engineer and has developed his career around energy conservation in the process industry, the built environment, green houses and now the retail sector. Refrigeration and air conditioning formed a large part of his work for a Dutch research organisation. Within Colruyt Group he has worked on the introduction of hydrogen for forklift trucks and on electrical and hybrid road transport.

Brian vad Mathiesen

Brian vad Mathiesen

Professor in Energy Planning, Aalborg University

Brian Vad Mathiesen is Professor in Energy Planning at Aalborg University and he is one of Europe‘s leading researchers in renewable energy systems. He is listed in the Thomson Reuters 2015 highly cited researchers worldwide and Vice-Chair of the EU’s Horizon 2020 Advisory Group for Energy (AGE). His research focuses on the technological, economic and societal shift to renewable energy.

Martin Sabel

Martin Sabel

Secretary General, Bundesverband Wärmepumpe

Martin Sabel has a PhD in the field of Palaeo-Ecology and Palaeo-Climatology in Bonn. Since 2017 he is the Secretary General of the association Bundesverband Wärmepumpe (BWP) e.V. (German Heat Pump Association).

Mikko Viljanmaa

Mikko Viljanmaa

Chief Operation Officer, Kiilto

D.Sc., polymer chemistry and Chief Operation Officer, Kiilto since 2015.
Before he was the Chairman of the Finnish Chemical Sector (National Emergency Supply).

Fredrik Rosenqvist

Fredrik Rosenqvist

Head of Innovation, E.ON

Fredrik Rosenqvist is Head of Innovation at E.ON in the Nordics. Fredrik’s team is responsible for leading innovation programs for several verticals for E.ON – all with the purpose of taking a leadership approach in the energy transition towards clean and renewable energy systems.
The next generation of district energy systems (5GDHC) – ectogrid™ - has been invented and developed by Fredrik’s team. After the launch of the first commercial system in November 2015 – for Medicon Village in Lund, Sweden – the technology is now being brought to many markets in EU and the rest of the world. The technology is protected by an extensive number of patents and is being licensed to several energy companies in the world.

Christoph Segalla

Christoph Segalla

Large heat pump project manager, Wien Energie

Christoph Segalla works for Wien Energie since 2011, where he was in charge for the project of reconstruction and commissioning of the waste incineration plant “Spittelau”.
He is assigned as project manager for large scale heat pump projects such as e.g. the large heat pump in the Simmering power station that was commissioned in 2018 as well as for the development of new projects in the area of alternative heat production within Vienna’s district heating system.
From 2005 to 2011 he worked as a project manager for a plant construction company and realized different projects throughout Europe in the field of waste incineration and thermal power plants.

Christoph Segalla

Christoph Segalla

Large heat pump project manager, Wien Energie

Christoph Segalla works for Wien Energie since 2011, where he was in charge for the project of reconstruction and commissioning of the waste incineration plant “Spittelau”.
He is assigned as project manager for large scale heat pump projects such as e.g. the large heat pump in the Simmering power station that was commissioned in 2018 as well as for the development of new projects in the area of alternative heat production within Vienna’s district heating system.
From 2005 to 2011 he worked as a project manager for a plant construction company and realized different projects throughout Europe in the field of waste incineration and thermal power plants.

Moderators – 15 May

Krystyna Dawson (tbc)

Krystyna Dawson (tbc)

Commercial Director, BSRIA

Krystina is currently holding a position of Business Manager at BSRIA WMI where she has previously been leading the section of Heating and Renewables Studies for 8 years.
During her career at BSRIA WMI she has been developing and leading numerous research projects related to the impact that changing energy policies and technology development in heating, cooling and smart areas have on residential and commercial buildings’ HVAC systems.

Meredith Annex

Meredith Annex

Team Leader, BloombergNEF

Meredith manages Bloomberg NEF’s research on heating and cooling. Recent outputs from the team include an analysis of decarbonization potential for industrial heat pro-cesses and evaluation of low-carbon heating options in residential buildings. Prior to taking on this role, she led global utility business strategy coverage with a particular focus on how European energy players are altering their activities in response to the changing environment. Meredith also supports research in global gas markets, after previously heading BNEF’s natural gas demand research in North America. She holds a MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from Williams College in Massachusetts, including an exchange at the University of Oxford.

Sonja van Renssen

Sonja van Renssen

Freelance Journalist

Sonja is a freelance energy, climate and environment journalist based in Brussels. She has written for Nature Climate Change, Platts, Foresight Climate & Energy, Energy Post, ENDS Europe, Natural Gas World, NNA Europe and others. She was the environment correspondent for online broadcaster viEUws.eu from 2010-16. Sonja regularly moderates high-level debates and conferences on energy, climate and environment. Before going freelance in 2010, Sonja was the lead climate correspondent for environmental news service ENDS Europe for four years. She won a BBC-sponsored “Young Broadcaster of the Year Award” in 2005. Sonja has an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London and a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford. She grew up in the Netherlands, Japan and Taiwan, and speaks fluent English and Dutch, with a good command of German and French.

Speakers – 16 May

Katrien Rycken

Katrien Rycken

Coordinator Leuven 2030

Since over 5 years, Katrien Rycken is the coordinator of the citywide project ‘Leuven 2030’, previously known as ‘Leuven Climate neutral 2030’. She graduated as a master in engineering architecture and studied urban geography in France. Rycken worked as a unit leader on integrated building projects at Sweco, until she started in 2013 as the coordinator of ‘Leuven 2030’.

Rycken facilitated the establishment of the NGO ‘Leuven 2030’ and helped it grow to almost 500 companies, organizations and citizens of the Leuven community. She inspires partners to collaborate on specific urban climate-related challenges. She’s in charge of the professional development of the scientific, communicative, participatory, operational aspects of Leuven 2030, and a proud ambassador of the European Green Leaf Award 2018.

Paul Kenny

Paul Kenny

Chief Executive officer, Tipperary Energy Agency

Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of Tipperary Energy Agency. He has been with the agency since 2006 and Chief Executive since 2012. He is involved with both renewable energy (wind and bio-energy) and energy efficiency projects. Paul’s key technical competencies are in the areas of wind, biomass and solar energy development, energy efficiency in domestic and commercial buildings and energy efficiency in the water industry. Paul is a consultant to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, the European Commission and other utilities. Paul has spoken at a number of high profile conferences in Ireland and Europe on sustainable energy and was named as one of the top 20 influencers’ who will shape our response to climate change. Paul spoke at the recent Citizens’ Assembly on climate change and is a strong advocate of greater action on the reduction in the use of fossil fuels. Paul Authored the successful Sustainable Tipp application to the European Investment Bank’s ELENA program. Paul is a chartered engineer, holds a 1st class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, three L6 Special purpose certificates in sustainable energy and is currently studying an MSc in energy through Heriot-Watt in Edinburgh.

Johannes Fütterer

Johannes Fütterer

CEO, Aedif.ion

As a research associate at the Institute for Energy Efficient Buildings and Indoor Climate at the RWTH Aachen University, Johannes developed methods to optimize power systems.

Simon Schmitz

Simon Schmitz

CEO & Co-Founder, aWATTar

Simon is responsible for the strategy, energy direction and finances of aWATTar. Through his experience with the World Industrial Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and E.ON, one of Europe’s largest energy providers, he is ideally suited to combine sustainability with strategic business management.

Jasper van den Munckhof

Jasper van den Munckhof

Director, Energysprong Europe

Jasper has been one of the key people in setting up Energiesprong from the very beginning and has been the Director of the program since 2012. Energiesprong has been recognised as one of the best energy transition approaches for the build environment in Europe and is seen as a best practice world wide. Jasper has been overseeing all the activities of the Energiesprong team in the Dutch market, which include programs on social housing, private houses, office buildings, care centres and schools. As of 2013, he also oversaw the international expansion of the Energiesprong approach into France, UK, Germany and New York State. This has resulted in the first net-zero retrofit projects in France and the UK and the deployment of market development teams in all these countries to scale the market in social housing. He also has been key in setting up Stroomversnelling and has been leading this initiative in 2015 and 2016.

Elena Lucchi

Elena Lucchi

Architect and Senior researcher, EURAC

Elena Lucchi is an architect, PhD in “Building Physics" at Politecnico di Milano, and senior researcher at EURAC Research. The main areas of interest are: building physics, energy and environmental audit, energy retrofit, and preventive conservation of cultural heritage. She is involved in European and international projects on the energy efficiency of historic buildings and urban areas (CulturAlp, 3encult, Effesus, IEA Task 59, Heritage Energy LivingLabs, Hello!). Actually, she is the coordinator of the Interreg Project “BiPV meets history” devoted to the integration of photovoltaic systems in heritage buildings and landscapes. She is Adjunct Professor at Politecnico di Milano and at masters and post-graduate training courses. Finally, she is the author of 5 books and about 150 scientific publications.

Yong Chen

Yong Chen

Programme Officer, IRENA

Mr. Chen is the Programme Officer at the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) in Bonn, Germany. He has been with IRENA since 2012 and now is leading the sustainable urban energy programme with a focus on developing the methodologies of assessing renewable energy options to meet the energy demand in cities. Ove the past five years, Mr. Chen has taken the role as Co-chair of the Renewable Energy Track at the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) hosted by Asian Development Bank, to support the Forum in identifying the topics for the sessions, reviewing and culling the abstract submissions, and providing thought leadership for the overall RE track and each of the individual sessions.

Marco Gazzino

Marco Gazzino

Head of Enel X innovation, ENEL

Marco Gazzino is Head of Innovation and Product Lab at Enel X, Enel’s advanced energy services business line dedicated to new home, industry, urban and electric mobility solutions. Marco manages open innovation activities at Enel X and the Product Lab developing and testing new products and services. Formerly, Marco was appointed Head of Partnerships and Innovation Intelligence at Enel, managing a portfolio of over 130 innovation partnerships at global level. These spanned, amongst others, battery storage, vehicle-to-grid and electric mobility, supply chain partnerships supporting SME’s innovation and advanced energy services for smart agriculture. As innovation intelligence, he also carried out market analyses continuously seeking new businesses widening Enel Group’s opportunities.

Odile Cauret

Odile Cauret

Research engineer, EDF R&D

Engineer and PhD in Energetics, Odile CAURET has been working as a research engineer at EDF R&D since 2000. Initially, in charge of geothermal heat pumps activities, she now manages upstream research and regulatory analysis for thermodynamic systems.

Stéphane Dufour

Stéphane Dufour

Co-founder and CTO, Tiko

Stéphane is the co-founder and CTO of tiko Energy Solutions, a company operating a unique and TSO certified Energy Management Platform and Virtual Power-plant platform in various European Country. With over 100 MW assets out of which 60% are residential, this is the biggest industrial grade aggregator in Europe.

Moderators – 16 May

Claire Roumet

Claire Roumet

Executive Director, Energy Cities

Claire Roumet is Director of Energy Cities, the European association of local authorities in energy transition. Energy Cities initiated a process aimed at making and debating proposal for acceleration the energy transition of European cities and has examples of its pioneer 1000 members located in 30 countries.

Cate Lyon

Cate Lyon

Electrification of Heat Service Manager, Delta-ee

Cate is manager of the Electrification of Heat Service at Delta Energy & Environment Ltd, a research and consulting company specialised on strategy and tactics for “New Energy”. In her five years in the business she has worked on several of Delta-ee’s services and is now focused on the interface of heating and the electricity sector, looking at heat pumps, electric heating and their future business models.