Brigitte Bach is an authorized representative of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and Head of the AIT Energy Department, where she is responsible for strategic development, personnel and finances.
Brigitte Bach obtained her PhD in Engineering Physics from the Vienna University of Technology in 1992 and completed a postgraduate degree in Management Development and Communication at the Danube University Krems. She started her career at AIT in 1999 and was appointed Head of the Energy Department in January 2009.
Research at the Department focuses on “Energy Infrastructure” and “Integrated Energy Systems “.
The Department follows an integrative approach to investigate key issues of the energy infrastructure and develop holistic solutions for the energy systems of the future. The Department has internationally recognized expertise in the areas of Smart Grids and Smart Cities.
Brigitte Bach is actively involved in national and international bodies. She is a member of the EERA (European Energy Research Alliance) Executive Committee, Coordinator of the Joint Programme on Smart Cities and Chair of the group “Horizon 2020 Advisory Group on Energy”. Moreover, she acts as a chair of the external Expert Group for “Smart City Vienna”. Brigitte Bach received the “Austrian of the Year 2009” award, in the category “Research” in autumn 2009.
Dr.-Ing. Marek Miara
Coordinator Heat Pumps, Fraunhofer ISE
Marek Miara has a profound experience in the renewable energy field, with the focus of his work lying on the efficiency determination and evaluation of heat pump systems, rational energy use and buildings with low energy consumption. For the past 12 years he has been working for the Fraunhofer Institut for Solar Energy Systems ISE, where he heads the group Heat Pumps and, in particular, leads a large-scale monitoring projects on heat pumps efficiency. In addition to national projects, he oversees international EU projects and activities in the framework of the IEA Heat Pump Programme. Dr. Miara is a member of normalization committees VDI and a co-founder and member of board of the Polish Heat Pump Association (PORT PC). In the field of heat pumps, he published technical papers and made numerous presentations in a vast number of national and international conferences.
Dr. Miara has a doctor degree in engineering, defended at the Wroclaw University of Technology in 2014 with a PhD thesis, “Assessing Efficiency of Heat Pumps. Analytic Method Integrating Ecological, Energetic and Economical Aspects”. He is a graduate of the Kassel University (2004, Master Post-graduate) in the field Energy and Environment, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and of the Wroclaw University of Technology (2000, Master) in Civil Engineering.
Thematic Leader Smart Buildings and Cities, InnoEnergy
Lucienne Krosse has a background in Chemical Engineering.
She obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. At the Technical University of Delft she worked on her PhD ‘compact thermochemical storage’.
Afterwards she started to work for the Dutch Institute for Applied Scientific Research, TNO, where she served in different scientific, business and management positions. During that time, she also worked for a year at the Dutch Embassy in Beijing at the department of Economic affairs. Meanwhile she was involved in setting up a joint venture for TNO in China, BBTDC. She holds several patents and initiated many European projects and dedicated product developments in close cooperation with industry.
Since 2014 she is employed by InnoEnergy as thematic leader for Smart Buildings and Cities in Europe. InnoEnergy invests in the development and market implementation of innovative energy related products and services. Furthermore, InnoEnergy is the largest energy incubator in Europe.
Martin Forsén is the President of the EHPA board committee. He has has been an active member of the EHPA since 2003 where he for several years served as the chairman of the former Executive Committee and later the Steering Committee. In 2013, Mr Forsén was recruited by NIBE to his current position as Manager International Affairs.
Head of Unit - New Energy Technologies and Innovation, Directorate General for Energy, European Commission
Andreea Strachinescu, Head of Unit New Energy Technologies and Innovation in the Directorate General for Energy, European Commission is responsible for the development of policy and actions on non-nuclear energy research and innovation. The core files for which she is in charge are Strategic Energy Technology Plan, the energy research and innovation strategy of EU, and H2020, the main financing instrument of research and innovation at EU level.
Ms. Strachinescu studied mechanical engineering and business administration in Bucharest, Romania and she has a Master of Science in International Affairs from H.E.C. Montreal, Canada.
Prior to joining the European Commission, Ms. Strachinescu professional activity was in the public service in the field of economic development and international cooperation, trade policies and actions.
Head of Municipal Department 20 Energy Planning of the City of Vienna
Bernd Vogl, graduated from HTL (mechanical engineering) and from Vienna University for business economics.
From December 1992 till August 2011, Bernd Vogl was an energy expert in the Austrian Ministry of Environment with focus on green buildings and the development of passive houses and ecological building codes in Austria. From April 2006 till August 2011 he was co-leading the Department of Environmental Economics and Energy in the Ministry. He was involved in numerous national projects and programs dealing with energy efficient technologies and renewable energy sources. From 2004 till 2011 he was leading the Austrian climate protection initiative“klima:aktiv”.
Since September 2011, Bernd Vogl is leading the Municipal Department 20 -Energy Planning of the City of Vienna. The main task of the Department is the management and coordination of the Viennese energy programmes and strategic work with focus on decarbonisation of cities.
In addition he has been working as a member of the supervisory board for the municipal energy supplier –one the largest energy companies in Austria.
Strategic advisor energy transition, City of Rotterdam
Astrid Madsen has been working for the City of Rotterdam since 2000.
She has been active on a wide range of topics; from head of department wastewater maintenance to head of department sport projects where she was responsible for the realisation of the Rowing Course in Rotterdam. In 2004 and 2009 she left the city to work abroad for Doctors without Borders. Now as strategic advisor energy transition she works with many stakeholders to facilitate and coordinate the transition towards a CO2 emission free built environment.
Ms Madsen holds a Master of Science degree from the Twente University, The Netherlands
CEO, Nivos Corporation
Esa Muukka is CEO of Nivos Corporation, who won the Finnish Climate Action of the Year in 2016 (Finnish Energy sustainability forum) for recycling Yandex datacenter waste heat to district heat, in Mäntsälä, Finland. The city of Mäntsälä, won the EHPA Heat Pump City of the Year Award in 2015.
He is also a Board Member of many companies. To mention some: Suomen Voima Oy ( Finnish Power), Virta, the EV Charging Company, Nivos Energy, Nivos Water, Finnish Heat Pump Association (SULPU), Chairman of the Board Association of Finnish Energy Directors etc.
Muukka is a futurist who sees many opportunities in the transition to the energy sector. As a talented business and change leader, Muukka has unambiguously united various industries and created new businesses.
Consultant energy transition, Alliander
Consultant energy transition at Alliander, the largest Dutch distribution grid company.
Shaping strategic projects for public & private clients of Liander; preparing strategic and complex projects on innovative energy infrastructure, energy transition, energy & spatial planning and local energy policy.
Currently deeply involved in developing a systematic approach for the transition towards a fossil free build environment. Replacing natural gas based heating systems, with electrical of biogas fuelled systems and city heating.
Former business developer & consultant in the fields of climate change, energy and environment. Social Scientist. Broad experience in policy research, evaluation and development. Specific experience with RES, RUE, Climate Change (adaptation and mitigation) Policy and Environmental Certificate Trading Schemes.
Mag. Eva Bauer
Advisor for housing economics, Austrian Federation of Limited Profit Housing Providers (GBV)
Has been working for the Austrian Federation of Limited Profit Housing Providers (GBV) in Austria from 1992 as advisor for housing economics. Her tasks are housing costs, financing, housing need and demand, costs of construction as well as European matters. She represents the Federation in the Housing Europe Working Committees.
Since 2005 she is lecturer at the Viennese Business University.
She has a master’s degree in Sociology and had been employed at the Institute for Urban Questions in Vienna and the University of Innsbruck.
Strategy Coordinator for Sustainable Energy & Smart Cities, Energy Division of VITO and EnergyVille
Ir. Guy Vekemans, is active since 1991 at VITO (the Flemish Institute for Technological Research), first as co-ordinator of EU projects on energy in the building sector, later in the management of the unit Energy Technology.
Recently he became Strategy Coordinator Sustainable energy & Smart Cities for the Energy Division of VITO and for EnergyVille – a collaboration between the University of Leuven, VITO and IMEC.
In this context, he is involved in setting up large scale living lab projects on smart grids/cities and coordinating strategic co-operation in this field on European and international level. Both as an expert of the European smart cities stakeholder platform as well as a strategy officer for the KIC InnoEnergy, he contributes to the development of sustainable energy roadmaps. He represents the Belgian Energy Research Alliance in the steering committee of the EERA joint programme on smart cities. Finally, Guy is active in the operational management of several platforms with the industry and other stakeholders: Flemish smart grid platform, Flemish Energy Cluster.
Director of the University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings, Czech Technical University in Prague
Lukáš Ferkl graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, in the field of Control Engineering and Robotics.
In 2006, he founded the spin-off company Feramat Cybernetics, which is focused on research in applied mathematics, specifically in the field of modeling and optimisation.
Since 2013, he has been the director of the University Centre for Energy Efficient, Czech Technical University in Prague.
Lukas Ferkl actively cooperates with a number of foreign institutions and businesses, particularly in the field of automation and modeling, with a special focus on energy savings in buildings through advanced control algorithms.
Noha Saad Hussein
Researcher in the Energy System Analysis group, Fraunhofer ISE
Noha Saad Hussein studied Architectural Engineering and Environmental design in her Bachelor followed by a master degree in renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency at Kassel University. The Master Thesis was done at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE on the topic local manufacturing potential of CSP and Wind technologies in Egypt. Since then she works at the Fraunhofer ISE as a researcher in the Energy System Analysis group.
The main focus of her studies is in the heating and cooling sector of different sectors with focus on the building sector. Currently the main fields of work are analysing the effects of renewable energy integration and energy efficiency measures in the building sector on the decentralised energy system and the economic impact of certain measures. Her dissertation is titled “Effects of building refurbishment on a districts energy system - Optimisation of the deployment and operation of heat, power and sector coupling technologies”.
In the past she also worked a lot on renewable energy integration potential in developing countries and mainly in the MENA Region while assessing local value creation potential in addition to researching alternative energy solutions for different sectors.
Co-founder and Executive partner, TEP Energy GmbH
Dr. Martin Jakob is co-founder and executive partner of TEP Energy GmbH which was founded as a spin-off company of ETH Zurich in 2008. Martin Jakob and his team provide research and advice with a focus on energy modelling and empirical studies addressing technological, economic and policy aspects related to energy. He is responsible for conceiving and further developing energy models, coordinating and conducting empirical research and client-specific advising and implementation projects. His key competences and experience includes building physics, energy technology, economic and policy analysis, energy-efficiency, renewable energy use, energy demand, and energy modelling.
Martin Jakob holds a Dipl. Phys.-Ing. (MSc.) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) with a focus on building physics and a PhD (Dr. of Sc.) of ETH Zurich where he promoted in 2007 in the field of Energy Economics. Before he was a senior researcher at the Centre for Energy Policy and Economics (CEPE) of ETH Zürich (2000 to 2008) and a responsible researcher at Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI, Villigen).
Head of Special Projects, Innovation, E.ON in Sweden
Sonny Strömberg - MSc in Electrical Engineering, MSc in Business and Economics and BSc in Psychology - has been working within the fields of business development, strategy, innovation and B2B sales at energy company E.ON for 14 years. He has been responsible for various projects such as;
- Establishment and management of energy partnership with the top-of-the-line research facility “ESS” (European consortium of 15 countries) covering design and implementation of large scale process cooling system and recovering of all surplus heat.
- Construction of E.ON´s futuristic and prize winning R&D apartment building "Hållbarheten" including design and integration of a large number of new energy solutions.
- Sales and implementation of E.ON´s largest solar cell project in Nordics including new business model
In his current position the main focus is to develop and realize new energy solutions as well as new business models and collaborations in new markets. The latest innovation from E.ON called ectogrid™ efficiently recovers surplus thermal energy and enables sharing of thermal energy between neighbors using heat pumps, cooling machines and a cool and flexible grid. Sonny is among other things responsible for the first implementation covering some 150 000 m2 at Medicon Village Science park in Lund, Sweden.
Sonny is also member of several innovation platforms and a mentor for startups.
Head of Department for EU Energy Policy, Thüga Aktiengesellschaft
Eva Hennig, studied Mechanical Engineering in TU, Munich.
With Thüga AG in Munich since 1989 in various positions; since Jan 2018 Head of Department for EU Energy Policy.
The Thüga Group constitutes the largest alliance of municipal utilities in Germany, active in the sectors gas, electricity and district heating.
Eva is active in the field of DSO regulation for gas and electricity, sector coupling and renewable gas.
Since 2012 chair of the Eurogas Distribution Committee.
Director of Sales, St1 Lähienergia Oy
Pasi Eskelin started working in HP industry in 1998.
He worked for NIBE from 1998-2001, handling technical support and sales for the company. From 2001 to 2016, he worked with IVT/Bosch, as a technical trainer, as well as a real estate HP sales manager, an area sales manager and an HP product manager.
Additionally, Pasi Eskelin had been doing HP installer certification (EU-Cert) trainings in Finland.
From 2016 onwards, he has been working as a Sales Director for St1 Lähienergia Oy.
St1’s clean energy solution won the Finnish Clean Energy Solution Competition for 2017.
Jasper van den Munckhof
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 one of the best practices worldwide. 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 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 played a key role in setting up Stroomversnelling and has been leading this initiative in 2015 and 2016.
Currently he is one of the directors of Factory Zero www.factoryzero.nl, a start-up he set up and got funded in 2016 to provide net zero retrofits in a truly industrial manner. He continues his efforts to scale net zero retrofits into a truly international market. Jasper just set up www.energiesprong.eu to further the international expansion in Europe and North America and acts as its director.
Jasper holds an engineering degree (MSc) in physics and a master degree in Sociology (MA). He has held senior management positions in the energy and telecom sector.
Head of the B2B Energy Division, Innogy SE
After his studies of mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich and the University of Colorado Boulder, Mr. Mantz worked amongst at Bayernwerk AG (planning and development as well as construction and operation of power plant projects: e.g. KWK Shell Hamburg-Harburg, thermal power station Nord der Stadtwerke Frankfurt, KWK BASF Nanjing, Amata Power industrial power plants).
This was followed by activities as managing director at E.ON Energy Projects GmbH (development, construction and operation of combined heat and power, biomass and wind power plants), at E.ON Engineering (sales and commercial services: Development of external sales, introduction of new project and sales controlling, strategy development and corporate planning as well as the management of subsidiaries in Germany, the USA and the Netherlands) and E.ON Russia Power in Moscow.
In mid-2008, Mr. Mantz moved to the RWE Group, where he led the development of RWE Power AG’s business. From October 2009 he was Head of International Nuclear Energy Projects.
Since 2013, Mr. Mantz has been Managing Director of RWE Energiedienstleistungen GmbH, which was integrated into RWE International SE (since October 2016 innogy SE) in May 2016.
Here he was responsible e.g. the merger with RWE Innogy Biomass, the cooperation project with the Mainz municipal utilities, the modernisation of the district heating supply of the city of Marl as well as numerous energy service projects.
Since 01.10.2016, Mr. Mantz is Head of the B2B energy division of Innogy SE.