Monica Araya is an advocate, adviser and communicator who has incubated several initiatives in Latin America. She founded Costa Rica Limpia (costaricalimpia.org) to bring people closer to clean, smarter technologies that improve their everyday life. Her work focuses on consumer and citizen engagement in the shift toward renewable energy and zero emissions electric mobility. Her group pioneered www.movilidadelectrica.org – the first electric mobility platforms in Latin America devoted to the education of consumers about electric vehicles. She also co-founded the Electric Mobility Association in Costa Rica and is Vice President of the Board. Her blog, “Essentially Electric” is hosted at the business newspaper La República. She writes frequently for international and local media and has given talks in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Her TED talk fossil-free Costa Rica that has over one million views and has been translated into 30 languages. In 2017 she was mentor to the Next Visionaries, a TED & BMW’s initiative about the future of mobility. In December 2016, she joined the world´s largest all-female expedition to Antarctica and was the first Latin American member of this global “women in STEM” leadership network. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs named her “Personality of the Future”. Her work has been mentioned TIME magazine, the Financial Times, Hindu Times, The Independent, National Geographic, El País, Repubblica, and The Guardian. Her articles and videos are available at www.monicaaraya.org Twitter @MonicaArayaTica
- She has done extensive work on climate politics with a focus on Latin America. She was a negotiator for Costa Rica in the international climate negotiations. In the road to Paris (COP21) she launched www.nivela.org to promote new voices in support of climate action.
- She is Policy Adviser at E3G since 2009
- Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership since 2016.
- She has been an independent consultant to many organizations including the OECD, WRI, ODI, NREL, ECF, Climate Works, CDKN, INCAE-Business School, Estado de la Nación-Costa Rica and the United Nations. Environmental Law & Policy and worked at the Ministry of Foreign Trade in Costa Rica and Climate Change Capital in London.
- She is a board member and/adviser to of several initiatives including the UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2012-2017 and the Climate Vulnerability Forum. She co-chaired the Platform for Low-Emissions Development Strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean. She was a WEF Global Agenda Council member in 2015-2016. She is a member of the Advisory Board of “State of the Union” – the most authoritative annual review of the state of Costa Rica and of the magazine of environmental sciences in Costa Rica (Revista de Ciencias Ambientales).
- Monica has a Ph.D. from Yale University and prior to that she got her Masters, also at Yale, and a masters in economic policy at UNA in Costa Rica. Her studies have focused on the nexus between economic development and environmental protection.
James W. Davis
James W. Davis was appointed Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute of Political Science at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland in April 2005. Dr. Davis holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, was a postdoctoral fellow in the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University and was a member of the political science faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany prior to his appointment to St.Gallen. Professor Davis has published in leading journals on questions of international institutions, foreign policy, military strategy, arms control and bargaining. He is editor and contributing author of Psychology, Strategy and Conflict: Perceptions of Insecurity in International Relations published by Routledge in 2012. His first book, Threats and Promises: The Pursuit of International Influence,was published in 2000 by the Johns Hopkins University Press. In 2005, he published Terms of Inquiry: On the Theory and Practice of Political Science.
Andrew (Andy) Hofmann
Andrew (Andy) Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds joint appointments in the Management & Organizations department at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the Sustainable Systems group at the School of Environment and Sustainability. Professor Hoffman's research uses organizational behavior models and theories to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations. He has published over 100 articles/book chapters, as well as 14 books, which have been translated into five languages. In this work, he focuses on the processes by which environmental issues both emerge and evolve as social, political and managerial issues, including: the evolving nature of field level pressures related to environmental issues; the corporate responses that have emerged as a result of those pressures, particularly around the issue of climate change; the interconnected networks among non-governmental organizations and corporations and how those networks influence change processes within cultural and institutional systems; the social and psychological barriers to these change processes; and the underlying cultural values that are engaged when these barriers are overcome. He also writes about the role of academic scholars in public and political discourse.
His work has been covered in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Scientific American, Time, the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Atlantic and National Public Radio. He has served on numerous research committees for the National Academies of Science, the Johnson Foundation, the Climate Group, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development and the Environmental Defense Fund. Prior to academics, Andy worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency (Region 1), Metcalf & Eddy Environmental Consultants, T&T Construction & Design and the Amoco Corporation. Andy serves on advisory boards for ecoAmerica, Next Era Renewable Energy Trust, SustainAbility, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the Center for Environmental Innovation and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Mark Z. Jacobson
Mark Z. Jacobson is Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment and of the Precourt Institute for Energy. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering, an A.B. in Economics, and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford in 1988. He received an M.S. and PhD in Atmospheric Sciences in 1991 and 1994, respectively, from UCLA and joined the faculty at Stanford in 1994. He has published two textbooks of two editions each and over 155 peer-reviewed journal articles. He received the 2005 AMS Henry G. Houghton Award and the 2013 AGU Ascent Award for his work on black carbon climate impacts and the 2013 Global Green Policy Design Award for developing state and country energy plans. In 2015, he received a Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for his work on the grid integration of 100% wind, water and solar energy systems.
Marina Weisband (*Kiew, Ukraine) moved to Germany in 1994. She holds a diploma in psychology (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster). Marina joined the Pirate Party in 2009 and was elected Political Director and Member of the Federal Executive in 2011. She achieved nationwide prominence in Germany as face of the party, participating in the party’s first Federal Press Conference. Marina’s main political focus is on education, internet policy, transparency of political processes, and citizen participation. She stepped down from reelection in 2012 to finish her degree and left the party in 2015. Since 2018 she advises Bündnis 90/Die Grünen in the field of digitization and automation. Marina is also a radio columnist at Deutschlandfunk and a member of the scientific advisory board of the AOK Northeast. She is an experienced speaker in the areas of political participation, privacy, digital society, media and crises.
Prof. Dr. Rolf Wüstenhagen is Director of the Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWÖ-HSG) and holds the Good Energies Chair for Management of Renewable Energies at the University of St.Gallen. He graduated in Management Science and Engineering (TU Berlin) and holds a PhD in Business. His thesis was on “Venturing for Sustainable Energy”. In 2005, 2008 and 2011, respectively, he held visiting faculty positions at University of British Columbia (Vancouver), Copenhagen Business School, and National University Singapore. He embarked on an academic career after retiring from one of the leading European energy venture capital funds. From 2004-2010 he was member of the Federal Energy Research Commission (CORE). Since 2011, he is member of the advisory board for the Swiss government’s energy strategy 2050. Professor Wüstenhagen is the academic director of St. Gallen University’s executive education programme in Renewable Energy Management.
Julia is a PhD candidate and research associate at the Institute for Economy and the Environment at the University of St.Gallen. Her research areas include consumer behavior, with a particular interest on solar energy and mobility, and energy policy. Julia has obtained a Bachelor degree in Economics & Management Science from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. After her Bachelor, Julia worked at the Bank of Montreal and did a 5-month internship at Navigant Consulting, in the Energy Practice. She has joined the Institute of Economy and the Environment in 2016 in the context of the European Union-funded Horizon 2020 research project "Empower - Local Electricity Retail Markets For Prosumer Smart Grid Power Services", where she has worked on developing new business models for the energy market. She worked on the project in parallel with her studies at the University of St. Gallen where she obtained a Master degree in Economics.
Merla Kubli is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Economy and the Environment at the University of St. Gallen, as well as a senior researcher at the Institute of Sustainable Development at the Zürich University of Applied Sciences. In her dissertation Merla Kubli studied the decentralisation dynamics of regional energy systems, focusing on the long-term interactions between increasing self-consumption and central electricity provision system. Within this topic the investment decision of households for self-consumption concepts and new emerging business models for decentral generation were of major interest.
Merla Kubli holds a bachelor degree in business and economics from the University of Basel and successfully graduated from the European Erasmus Mundus Master program in System Dynamics hosted by the University of Bergen (Norway), the New University of Lisbon (Portugal) and the Radboud University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands).
Nina is a PhD candidate and research associate at the Institute for Economy and the Environment at the University of St.Gallen .... more soon
Nathalie Dällenbach is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Economy and the Environment at the University of St.Gallen. The focus of her research lies on social acceptance of wind energy. As program manager of the Climate Change Strategy Role Play, she organizes a course that simulates the UN Climate Change negotiations. Before starting her PhD, she completed her Bachelor and Master degrees in International Affairs at the University of St.Gallen while simultaneously working for a telecommunications company in Switzerland.
Moritz is traveling between two worlds. On the one hand, he is working at the Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWÖ-HSG) of the University of St. Gallen. Doing research with a current focus on business models and managerial decision-making, he had visiting positions in Vancouver, London and Los Angeles. On the other hand Moritz holds various responsibilities in an own family business in Germany. Within both worlds he co-developed and co-launched new business models: After an early career as a musician, Moritz graduated with a M.A. from TU Berlin and received a doctoral degree in management from the University of St. Gallen.
Alex is a PhD candidate and research fellow at the Institute for Economy and the Environment at the University of St.Gallen, focusing on marketing and market research related to renewable energy and e-mobility topics. He did his Bachelor degree in Business Administration at the University of Zürich while working part time for a consulting company. Additionally, he did a 6-week summer internship in the USA in the credit and risk management area of Service Solution Group SSG. After his Bachelor, he worked on an organizational transformation project at IBM Switzerland as a 5-month internship. In 2014 he started his Master studies in general business management at the University of St.Gallen. Simultaneously, he continued working for IBM as a work-student in the operational controlling environment.
Dr. HSG Karoline Gamma (born: Kuenzel) is a postdocotoral research fellow at the Chair for Management of Renewable Energies. Her current research focuses on customer acceptance of e-mobility. She is particular interested in the interplay of rational and emotional decision-making processes, psychological interventions and economic incentives to foster the development of e-mobility. In her PhD, Karoline Gamma analyzed customer preferences and drivers of customer acceptance of Smart Grid services and products. From 2014-2016, she was a visiting scholar at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University in New York, US.
Jana Plananska is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Economy and the Environment, University of St. Gallen, focusing in her research on customer acceptance of e-mobility. Prior to that, she concluded Double Master's Degree between Sciences Po Paris and the University of St. Gallen; her Master Thesis focused on ways how to communicate to increase pro-environmental behavior among consumers, tested on transport and energy sector decisions. The interconnection between transport and energy is seen across Jana Plananska's academic and professional career, with eight-month research conducted in 2016 at the University of Oxford on energy initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa, a year consultant contract at the Environment and Natural Resources Department at the World Bank Office in Madagascar in 2015 and a recent five month traineeship at the European Commission focusing on the implementation of EU transport policy.
Pascal Vuichard is PhD candidate at the Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWÖ-HSG), University of St.Gallen. In his research he studies the role of new investor types, such as pension funds and HNWI, in financing renewable energy infrastructure projects. Prior to joining the IWÖ-HSG, he has gained working experience in an international NGO as well as an international IT-company in Switzerland. Pascal holds a CEMS-MIM degree in International Management from the University of St.Gallen and the London School of Economics and a M.A. in Accounting and Finance from the University of St.Gallen.
Adrian Rinscheid Programme Manager
Adrian works as a PostDoc at the Chair for Management of Renewable Energies. He received his M.A. in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Konstanz (Germany) and completed the Doctoral Program in International Affairs and Political Economy at the University of St.Gallen. Adrian has also studied in Lyon (France) and Princeton (USA). Using insights from Political Science and Behavioral Economics, his research focuses on the formation of citizens’ and policymakers’ preferences with regard to energy and climate policies, as well as corporate political strategies of firms and interest group influence in energy policymaking. Adrian also conducts research on the role of innovative governance mechanisms to solve the global climate crisis. His reseach has appeared not only in peer-reviewed academic journals, but also in quality media outlets such as Neue Zürcher Zeitung and Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Doris Hoevel Administration
Doris Hoevel holds a diploma in German studies and Geography from RWTH Aachen. For ten years she managed the administration of a start up in Germany and Switzerland followed by ten years of experience in the organization of national and international, medical congresses. After serving six years as chief medical secretary in a cantonal hospital, she is now responsible for the organization of #REMforum as well as other projects at the Chair for Management of Renewable Energies of Prof. Wüstenhagen.
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