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Sophie Adams recently completed a PhD in human geography and Science and Technology Studies on adaptation to anthropogenic climate change. She is currently Operating Agent of the 'Social License to Automate' Annex of the User-Centred Energy Systems Technology Collaboration Programme of the IEA, which examines the social dimensions of the use of automation for demand side management in increasingly distributed and renewable energy systems.
Cédric Aubert is CEO of geoProRegio AG, a company offering geolocation services for utilities, municipalities and any player engaged in the development of a smart energy world. Along with the decentralization of the energy system, the demand for geodata has grown dramatically. This demand should increase further with the development of renewable energies. Geodata has become essential to the planification, development, operation and maintenance of a new sustainable energy world.
Prior to his current position, Cédric Aubert was formerly a Member of the Executive Board at ewz (Zurich Municipal Electric Utility), Head of the Energy Economics Dept., responsible for the energy portfolio management. During that time, Cédric Aubert was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Energie Naturelle Mollendruz SA, a company founded to plan, build and operate a wind farm in western Switzerland. Deeply involved in the development of the whole project and especially concerned about its social acceptance, Cédric took a major part in the stakeholder management. He is also the initiator of the communication campaign “Je Suis Pour les Eoliennes du Mollendruz” (www.jesuispour.ch).
After studying physics at the ETH Lausanne, Cédric Aubert 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 the Energy Economics Department and eventually geoProRegio AG as CEO late 2019.
Prof. Dr. Peter Bofinger is Full Professor of Economics, Money and International Economic Relations at the University of Würzburg. From 2004-2019, he has also been the longest serving member of the German Government’s Council of Economic Advisors (Sachverständigenrat zur Begutachtung der gesamtwirtschaftlichen Entwicklung). Dr. Bofinger initially began his career in 1978 as an Economist, before becoming a lecturer at the Department of Law and Economics, University of Saarbrücken in 1981. Between 1984 and 1990, he was an Economist with the Deutsche Bundesbank. From 1990 until 1992, he was a visiting Professor at the University of Kaiserslautern, followed by University of Konstanz, and finally the University of Würzburg. Aside from these positions, Dr. Bofinger has also been a Visiting Scholar in the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund and at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. From 2003 until 2004 he was First Vice President of the University of Würzburg. He has written many books on economics and monetary economics and has worked as an advisor for European and International Institutions. His main fields of research are monetary and exchange rate economics, financial markets and economic reforms in developed and emerging market economies. In 2018 he was ranked in the TOP 10 of the most influential economists in the German-speaking world.
Cornelia Daniel is a thought leader in the Austrian solar energy sector and runs the solar consulting and development agency Dachgold (Roof Gold) specialised in LCOE for solar energy in the commercial sector. Her academic education at the Vienna Business School of Economics combined with extensive personal research, numerous keynotes and more than 400 published articles in blogs and magazines about solar and renewable energy have made her the most well-known person in the industry. Her personal mission is inspired by Bill Gates and strives for a solar power plant on every commercial roof. The first step to reaching this goal is a private initiative called Tausendundein Dach (1001 roofs) with the goal of solarising 1001 roofs (1 roof = 20 kWp) by the end of 2020 together with one of Austria’s largest solar construction companies 10hoch4. This “mission impossible” is suddenly gaining momentum through the Fridays for Future movement and eventually will have a major impact on the worldwide solar market, since it began with a completely different approach than anything ever done before.
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.
Guillaume has over 15 years of experience in operations, major project and people management (automotive, micro-mechanics devices and energy). He is currently working for Romande Energie and among other things responsible for the floating photovoltaic project located at lac des Toules (pilot project: 400 kWc, full scale project: 12 MWc)
Dr. Matthias Galus is Head of the Digital Innovation Office at the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE). In this role, he is responsible for identifying and analyzing digital trends and their impact on the energy sector. Under his lead, the Digital Innovation Office is actively supporting digital advances and technology diffusion in the sector and works on the adaptions of the regulatory regime for efficient renewable energy integration, energy efficiency and decarbonisation. Topics include energy data, its access and exchange, cyber security, privacy, decentralized systems and DLT as well as the integration and use of digital technologies, like e.g. artificial intelligence, in the energy sector. He is an expert on smart grids, intelligent metering systems, as well as flexibility and coordination in electricity markets. He has worked at the SFOE since 2012, primarily in the area of regulation, including positions as Deputy Head of Networks, Head of a Task Force on Digitization and Project Manager of the national Smart Grid Roadmap. He graduated in Electrical Engineering and Industrial Engineering from RWTH Aachen University in 2005 and in 2007 with a Diploma in electrical Engineering and Economics. He then graduated at ETH Zurich with a Doctorate in the field of intelligent energy systems.
Arthur Honegger is known for hosting the daily news magazine "10vor10" on Swiss Public TV. Prior to this, Arthur served as a foreign affairs correspondent in New York and Washington DC as well as bureau chief for Swiss Public Broadcasting in the United States. Born in Davos, he has been a journalist for over 15 years and authored several books. Arthur held a variety of positions at SRF, as a domestic reporter, covering among other things the Swiss parliament. In 2017, he was host of SRF’s climate change special "+3grad ". He's a graduate of the renowned "Ringier School Of Journalism" and worked as a business reporter for several years, with an emphasis on globalization and international companies.
Tao Krauspe is Head of Product Management E-Mobility at the multinational utility company Repower. Having his academic roots at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), he graduated with a Master in Business Management with a strong focus on innovative business models, sustainability, and renewable energies. At Repower he is responsible for the e-mobility full-service provider PLUG’N ROLL, including the strategic development, product innovations as well as the swiss wide network operations. As an expert in the field of e-mobility and a member of the board of the Swiss eMobility association he strives to promote political & institutional framework conditions for further electrification of the mobility sector in Switzerland.
André Reichel is Professor for International Management and Sustainability at the International School of Management (ISM), Germany. He has a university degree in management and a doctoral degree in economics and social sciences from Universität Stuttgart, Germany. Before his tenure at ISM he was Professor for Critical Management & Sustainable Development at Karlshochschule International University, Research Fellow at Zeppelin University and Guest Lecturer at the Environmental Change Institute at University of Oxford. Additionally he serves as honorary director of elobau foundation in Leutkirch, Germany. His research focuses on sustainability and digital business, notions of postgrowth and degrowth from a business and civil society perspective, as well as building a new management theory based on the ‘Laws of Form’ by George Spencer Brown.
Verena Tiefenbeck is assistant professor for Digital Transformation at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. In parallel, she leads the Bits to Energy Lab at ETH Zurich, an interdisciplinary team that combines digital technologies and behavioral research to promote resource conservation. She completed her PhD at ETH Zurich in 2014. Prior to that, she spent 3.5 years in Boston as visiting PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as research assistant at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems. Verena holds diplomas (M.Sc. equiv.) in Mechanical Engineering and Management from both TU Munich and from Ecole Centrale Paris.
Heidi Tuiskula holds MSc in Electrical Engineering from Tampere University of Technology, Finland and PgDip in Hydrogen Safety Engineering from University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. As a hobby, Heidi is currently learning Python programming and data analytics. Heidi has professional experience around topics related to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, ranging from component development to large scale demonstrations including safety, quality and regulative framework. Currently at Smart Innovation Norway, she is leading European projects and working in the field of local energy markets, smart grids, storage and renewables. Her main interest lies in fighting the climate change through co-developing sustainable solutions together with end-users and business actors. As the Scientific Coordinator of H2020 project E-LAND, she is contributing in development of viable tools to solve energy challenges in isolated area.
Charlie Wilson, PhD, is a researcher in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (UK) for which he co-leads the Accelerating Social Transitions research theme, and a Reader in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK). He is also a Visiting Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Vienna, Austria). Charlie’s research lies at the intersection between innovation, behaviour and policy in the field of energy and climate change mitigation, working at both a systems level and a micro level.
Christian Winzer is a lecturer in economics at the ZHAW since April 2018. He has been working on issues relating to market design for electricity markets since his doctorate at the University of Cambridge in 2012. Before joining the ZHAW, Mr. Winzer worked for several years as a policy and market analyst for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (UK), the German Institute for Economic Research (DE), the European Power Service of IHS Markit (FR), and Swissgrid (CH).
Prof. Dr. Rolf Wüstenhagen is Director of the Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWÖ-HSG) and holds the 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.
Elizabeth is doctoral candidate and research associate at the Institute for Economy and the Environment of the University of St.Gallen. She holds a B.Eng. in Bioresource Engineering from McGill University where she focused on energy systems, green buildings, and waste management. She completed her M.Sc. in Integrated Natural Resource Management at Humboldt University of Berlin, working mainly on energy economics, policies, and finance. Her Master’s thesis focused on estimating the effect of policy instruments on the perceived cost of capital for offshore wind farms in the EU. She also has a certificate in Project Manager from HEC Montreal. Her academic experience is complemented by valuable professional experience in consultancy and site management in the Canadian energy sector. Additionally, she worked at the Institut für Klimaschutz, Energie und Mobilität e.V. in Berlin as research associate on the EU-funded project Baltic InteGrid which investigates the feasibility of an offshore meshed-grid in the Baltic Sea.
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.
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.
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.
Jakob is a PhD candidate and research associate at the Institute for Economy and the Environment at the University of St.Gallen. His research focuses on the acceptance of financial participation in wind energy projects. He holds a BSc in Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), DE, where he obtained the technological understanding of renewable energies. Afterwards he pursued his studies with focusing on how environmentally friendly technologies find their way into society. Therefore, he did a double degree MSc in Water and Coastal Management and Environmental and Infrastructure Planning from the University of Oldenburg (DE) and University of Groningen (NL). Following he worked as a researcher at Konstanz University of Applied Sciences, DE, and in the Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) at International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), AT, where he mainly used modeling to investigate socio-technological changes in urban energy networks.
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.
Pascal Vuichard is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Economy and the Environment (University of St.Gallen). His research area is the social acceptance of renewable energies and electric mobility - where he tries to understand what the different drivers and barriers for social acceptance are and how they could be influenced by policies. Prior to joining the Institute for Economy and the Environment, he has gained working experience in an international NGO and 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.
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.
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).
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.
Nina Schneider Programme Manager
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 (AT).
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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