Speakers – 15 May

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, Europena 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.

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.

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 I have 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.
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Eric Delforge

Eric Delforge

Corporate Business & Policy Officer, MAYEKAWA EUROPE

Eric DELFORGE joined MAYEKAWA in 2004. Previously he worked for several screw compressor
manufacturers managing European activities. At Mayekawa he handled European sales in industrial
refrigeration, gas processing, cryogenics, heat pumps and food processing. The main focus of his work consists in the integration of heating and cooling into smart energy and thermal storage solutions. His advocacy is to promote natural refrigerant based technology applications across all stakeholders of community and industrial markets. He represents Mayekawa in various market sector organizations, actively informing its members on Mayekawa product developments and innovative applications. He also acts as a consultant and business lead with Mayekawa large global accounts. He is passionate about natural refrigerants and an active speaker at various events on refrigerants policy. Eric is an executive board member of EURAMMON and chair of the working group Ammonia. He is also a member of the Belgian steering committee to the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) and Chair of the European Heat Pump Association ICHP-group.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.