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
Cédric Aubert is a Member of the Executive Board at ewz and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Energie Naturelle Mollendruz SA, a company founded to plan, build and operate a wind farm with 12 turbines situated in western Switzerland. The city of Zurich - shareholder of the company and represented by ewz - pursues with this project her goal for a strong expansion of the new renewable energies. After his study of physics at the ETH Lausanne Cédric worked in the field of technical safety analysis in the nuclear sector before joining Swiss Re as Senior Data Engineer in the Credit Risk Department. For several years he worked at Axpo as Head of Market and Credit Risk Management before joining ewz in 2014 as Head of Energy Economics Division.
Dr. Andreas Beer is Expert in Product Research and Engineering at Repower AG. For 12 years he was Head of Grid at Repower and member in the VSE-commission for grid economy. Dr. Beer actively helped shaping the transition to a deregulated electrical energy market and to the renewable energy strategy, both with high regulation impact and solution-expectation on the grid operator. He initiated and promoted different innovative solutions for grid operators to enable this transition, such as new methods and tools for asset management or alternative smart grid concepts. Particularly he worked on new tariff models and incentives, combined with means and tools to enable end-consumers to adapt their consumption behaviour or to agree to a load management by the grid operator. Dr. Beer graduated from ETH Zürich in electrical engineering and holds a PhD in the field of power electronics in energy transmission.
Alain Brenzikofer graduated from his studies in Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at ETH Zurich in 2005. After one year with a startup in Active Noise Canceling he worked at CSEM for five years as R&D engineer in optoelectronic systems and characterization of image sensors. Since 2012 he’s with Supercomputing Systems AG where he lead the smart grid pilot project "GridBox", which demonstrated monitoring and distributed control of the electrical distribution grid and its prosumers. As an expert for blockchain technology for industrial applications he today leads the department for decentralized systems focusing on blockchain, IoT and privacy. For the swiss project «Quartierstrom» his team develops a dynamic grid tariff for the decentralized p2p energy market.
Christina Bu is head of “Norsk elbilforening” (the Norwegian EV Association), a role she has had the last four years. Earlier she worked as a political adviser within mobility and environmental issues. As an expert on electric mobility Christina is frequently meeting with OEMs and advising politicians and governmental bodies from different countries. She has been a Keynote speaker at conferences across the globe. With an EV market share of over 40% Norway is leading the way. The Norwegian EV Association is an NGO and consumer organization that has been fast growing and now has 26 employees and over 65.000 paying members - EV owners from all over the country. This makes it the worlds’ largest EV owner organization. The organization plays an important role both nationally and internationally when it comes to promoting the shift to electric mobility, and work in collaboration with governmental bodies, industry and other organizations.
Kai Buntrock is Head of International Projects, Energiequelle GmbH Development Banker, Climate Finance Expert, Energy Investment Professional, Renewables & Social Enterprise Executive. 18 years into his career Kai has lately returned to exclusively pushing the Integrated Energy agenda and developing respective business as Head of International Projects for Energiequelle GmbH, best known for its FELDHEIM initiative, Germany’s first and fully carbon-neutral energy self-sufficient village (https://www.dw.com/en/feldheim-germanys-renewable-village/a-18466800). As founder and Executive Director of Stichting renew Kai provided Private, Public and Non-Profit Sector Management Consulting for Impact Investing and Financial Solutions for Renewables. Kai has held a number of C-level and senior positions in Renewables, Asset & Investment Management and was member of KFW’s Climate Finance Expert Centre. He advised policymakers on high - impact public - private financing structures and instruments, was invited sector expert at the Clean Energy Ministerials (CEM) 6 & 7, were he, among others, provided expert opinion on Achieving a social licence for clean energy deployment and has acted as Project Finance Trainer in the executive education program for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance (CSEF) of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. Kai Buntrock holds an MBA from Steinbeis University Berlin, has an academic background in accounting and management from Cardiff University, and is a proud father of three boys.
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.
Cyril Ducatez is a Research Analyst working in the Energy Economics department at ewz (Zurich Municipal Electric Utility). His activities include the development of methods and solutions to increase social acceptance of wind energy projects. Cyril holds a Master Degree in Industrial Engineering from a French top engineering school (Grenoble INP). He worked previously as a Junior Energy Power Market Research Analyst at Genscape, a company specialised in fundamental energy data. Multilingual, Cyril was laureate of a prize at a major French economic forum (Les Rencontres Economiques d’Aix-en-Provence) for an essay about possible advantages of developing multilingual environments in companies. He was also finalist of The Spark! Contest, a French-British contest on the future of the energy sector.
Jean-Christophe Füeg joined the Swiss Federal Office of Energy in 2001. His duties include negotiations for an electricity agreement with the EU, representing Switzerland at the Governing Board of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Energy Charter, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and bilateral energy relations. He participated in Climate Change negotiations. He has led or participated in expert reviews on energy policies of India, Canada, Indonesia, Turkey, Chile, Croatia, Estonia, Macedonia, Mongolia, Albania and Tajikistan. From 1999-2001, he was an Administrator in the Non-Member Country Division of the IEA. From 1998-99 he was Managing Director & co-CEO of IHS Energy/Petroconsultants Group, a world leader in up- and midstream oil and gas industry intelligence; 1996-1998 Vice-President Petroconsultants Worldwide Oil & Gas Information; 1985-1996 various positions in oil consulting covering Former Soviet Union, Angola, Italy, Indonesia. He studied International Relations, Russian, and Art History at Geneva University.
Fiona Harvey is an award-winning environment journalist for the Guardian. Prior to this, she worked for the Financial Times for more than a decade. She has reported on every major environmental issue, from as far afield as the Arctic and the Amazon, and her wide range of interviewees include Ban Ki-moon, Tony Blair, Al Gore and Jeff Immelt.
Andrew (Andy) Hoffman
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. His 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, and14 books (translated into five languages). 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.
Victor Kristof is the President of Swiss Youth for Climate, a Swiss NGO raising awareness around climate change and advocating for ambitious climate policies nationally and internationally. He participated to the UN Climate Conferences (COP22 and COP24) as a civil society observer. Victor owns a M.Sc. in Computer Science from EPFL and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence at the INDY Lab. His research revolves around the development of machine learning and data mining techniques to study social systems, with a focus on political systems. He believes that bringing an agnostic point of view to social sciences can help better understand human behaviour through the development of new machine learning models and algorithms. Twitter: @VictorKristof
Christine Lins works as Executive Director of GWNET, the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (www.globalwomennet.org), which aims at empowering women in the sustainable energy sector. Furthermore, she is Member of the Board of Directors of ISES, the International Solar Energy Society (www.ises.org). From July 2011 until March 2018, Christine Lins acted as Executive Secretary of REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network of the 21st Century, headquartered at UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris/France. Between 2001 and 2011, Ms. Lins served as Secretary General of the European Renewable Energy Council. Previously, she worked in a regional energy agency in Austria promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Ms. Lins holds a Master degree in international economics and applied languages and has more than 20 years of working experience in the field of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency.
Imke Lübbeke is Head of the climate and energy team at WWF European Policy. She is a European policy and advocacy expert with more than 15 years of experience. Imke has lead, coordinated and managed teams and budgets since 2015. Imke studied agricultural science in Göttingen, Germany and she successfully graduated on advanced studies on renewable energy in St. Gallen, Switzerland. She has worked within the WWF network for 18 years, covering different positions. She worked on EU agriculture and rural development Policy in Frankfurt for WWF Germany and from there she moved to the WWF representation in Berlin, building up work on bioenergy. She took a position in the European Policy Office of WWF to work on bioenergy and renewable energy in 2008. Since 2016, Imke has been on the Climate Action Network Europe board. Her main areas of work over the last three years have been to work on long term climate strategies, the clean energy package and the governance regulation.
Sonia I. Seneviratne
Sonia I. Seneviratne is Full Professor for Land-Climate Dynamics at ETH Zurich since 2016. She studied at the University of Lausanne (Biology) and at ETH Zurich (Environmental Physics). After her master thesis, performed in a research visit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1998-1999), she conducted her PhD thesis at ETH Zurich (1999-2002). She was then a visiting researcher at NASA/GSFC (2003-2004), initiated through a fellowship of the National Center for Competence Research in Climate (NCCR-Climate). In 2005, she returned as a senior scientist to ETH Zurich, where she was nominated assistant professor in 2007. She was nominated associate professor in 2013, and full professor in 2016. In her research Prof. Sonia Seneviratne analyzes climate extremes, land-climate processes, and climate changes. She uses several methods and approaches for these investigations: modeling (climate modeling, land surface modeling), data analysis (based on observations, reanalysis data, model simulations, satellite data), new approaches for the derivation of validation datasets, and own field experiments. Sonia Seneviratne has received several awards for her research, among others the Macelwane Medal of the American Geophysical Union (2013) and a consolidator grant of the European Research Council (ERC, 2014). Prof. Sonia Seneviratne was an author on several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She was recently a lead author of the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C global warming. Since 2018, she is a coordinating lead author of the 6th assessment report of the IPCC.
Dr. Jörg Spicker is Senior Strategic Advisor at Swissgrid AG, the Swiss transmission system operator. In his role he has been advising the Swissgrid CEO and Executive Board on European and strategic issues, since 2017. Jörg is Member of the EPEX SPOT Exchange Council and represent Swissgrid in ENTSO-E. Earlier he worked as Head of Business Unit Market at Swissgrid and was responsible, among other things, for regulatory and international affairs, market development and design, Grid Access, Network Use and Tarification. Jörg holds a master degree in physics and a PhD in astrophysics from Ruhr-University of Bochum.
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). 2011-2015, he was 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 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 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).
Jana is a PhD candidate and research fellow 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 five month traineeship in 2017/2018 at the European Commission focusing on the implementation of EU transport policy.
Philipp is postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Political Science at the University of St.Gallen - IPW-HSG. He is a political scientist and an expert in energy governance and focuses on issues such as energy security, governmental energy policy and how it relates to climate change.
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Nathalie is a PhD candidate and research associate 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.
Nina is a PhD candidate and research associate at the Institute for Economy and the Environment at the University of St.Gallen with a focus on social acceptance of wind energy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. In her master thesis, she addressed ‘new conservationism’, which refers to concepts, institutions, processes, actors and instruments related to the new market-based approach to nature conservation and climate protection. After her Master she worked as a research assistant at the University of Applied Sciences in Vorarlberg.
Pascal is a PhD candidate and research fellow 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.
Karoline (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.
Bea is a PhD candidate and research fellow at the Institute for Economy and the Environment (University of St.Gallen), as well as a research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (UK). In her dissertation she studies investment decisions in the residential solar energy, focusing on non-financial drivers, the role of perceived risk and their implications for policy. Prior to joining the Institute for Economy and the Environment, she worked for 5 years as energy consultant and editor, specializing in energy market regulation and in the design for the European Union single energy market. Beatrice holds a MSc in economics from the University of Milan-Bicocca (Italy) and completed a one-year exchange at the University of Glasgow (UK). While at university, she collaborated on a research project in the field of experimental economics and information in social networks.
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.
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 is responsible for the organization of #REMforum as well as other projects at the Chair for Management of Renewable Energies of Prof. Rolf Wüstenhagen. She 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 joined Rolf's team.
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