Agris Kamenders gained his doctorate in engineering with a work on the nearly zero consumption buildings and cost-optimal energy efficiency levels in the case of renovation and construction of new buildings in Latvia. He is also a certified energy auditor and passive house consultant, an expert in the dynamic modeling of heat systems and in energy efficiency projects. Since 2014 he is Ltd. "Ekodoma" director.
Alexander Mason is a Senior Policy Officer, Renewable Energy at WWF European Policy Office
Andreas Karner is Senior Consultant and the Team Leader of the Energy and Environment Team at ConPlusUltra Ltd. He holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Management and has been working as a project manager for national and international renewable energy and energy efficiency projects for more than 15 years. His areas of expertise covers capacity building and training of public institutions, energy efficiency in buildings, policy development and evaluation studies of policy & funding programmes as well as energy and climate protection strategies. He has effectively managed numerous projects for private and public clients such as the World Bank, UNDP, the European Commission and the EBRD.
Andres Meesak, the head of Estonian Solar Energy Association. Their aim is to shape the regulatory environment to promote the growing market opportunity for solar in Estonia. He is also the member of the Estonian Renewable Energy Association and part of the team developing the plan to switch Estonian energy sector to 100% renewable energy.
Borislav Sandov is a member of the Climate Action Coalition Bulgaria and a former co-chair of the Bulgarian Green party "Zelenite", which is a member of the European Greens.
Bronis Ropė is a member of advisory board of CEESEN (www.ceesen.org) and a member of the European parliament as a member of Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance. Previously he was the mayor of the city of Ignalina, Lithuania.
Cecile Kerebel works as a project adviser in the European Commission at the Executive Agency for SMEs, within the energy efficiency unit. She is managing a portfolio of projects funded under the Intelligent Energy Europe programme and the Horizon 2020 programme of the EU for research and innovation. Her areas of expertise include local action for sustainable energy in cities and regions, capacity-building and peer-learning programme and innovative public procurement. She has previously worked as a research administrator for the Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament and as a policy officer in the European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action. She holds a PhD in international relations with a focus on public-private partnerships for sustainable energy.
Frédéric Boyer is heading the secretariat of the Covenant of Mayors Office since 2015. Previously, he was following EU policy developments related to local authorities and sustainable energy issues and in charge of the relations between Energy Cities and other relevant stakeholders. Frédéric is a graduate in Environmental Engineering. After having spent 4 years at the Assembly of French County Councils, where he was in charge of international and decentralised cooperation, Frédéric was deployed in Sofia (BG) for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In cooperation with the National Association of Municipalities of the Republic of Bulgaria, he supported French-Bulgarian twinnings and decentralised cooperation, a field he had already worked in during a previous 2-year mission in Romania. He works for Energy Cities since early 2009.
Geert Vanhorebeek is currently the advisor on sustainable development at the city of Leuven. Since 1997 he, together with 4 colleagues, has been working on different campaigns concerning all kinds of themes: nature conservation, waste prevention, sustainable mobilit , environmentally friendly products, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Specially these last two topics became more important since Leuven articulated the ambition to become climate neutral by 2030. Apart from starting projects and raising awareness with citizens he is preparing the city policy and advising the city services on sustainable development. After signing the covenant of mayors and the establishment of the NGO Leuven climate neutral 2030 this climate policy is elaborated as a quadruple helix with the active collaboration of citizens, organisations, companies and the university. Together with the NGO Leuven climate neutral 2030, the city is the driving force for a lot of multi-actor projects on renewable energy, mobility, zero-emission buildings etc.
Hector C. Pagan has nearly twenty years of experience working with civil society /third sector organizations in the United States and Estonia from various fields including energy management, environmental science and social services. He is the main coordinator of the stakeholder engagement and training activities within the PANEL 2050 project (www.ceesen.org).
Ioanna Giannouli is an industrial engineer. She holds a Master of Science on Production Systems and a Ph.D. on Management Science focused on Supply Chain Management. She has over twenty years of experience on systems’ analysis and impact assessment. She has participated as a primary investigator to over twenty EU funded projects focused on sustainable transportation and energy systems. The last decade she is involved on national and EU funded projects focused on renewable energy technologies uptake and energy transition.
Jaime Ruiz Huescar is an expert in energy efficiency and sustainable mobility. Technical officer at ALEM, the Local Energy and Climate Change Agency of Murcia and responsible for different EU funded projects focused on smart cities. He is the author of the E-mobility strategy of Murcia. Coordinator of the energy working group for the Spanish Network of Intelligent Cities (RECI) and member of the steering committee of ENERAGEN, the Spanish Association of Energy Agencies.
City Councillor of the Capital City of Prague for infrastructure, technical facilities and environment, former journalist and publicist with focus on environment, energy savings and renewables.
Josef Wolfbeisser is the Managing Director of ConPlusUltra Ltd. Graduated from Vienna Technical University, he commands well-founded experience in organizing and of energy trainings for in-company professionals, e.g. as a lecturer for the Austrian Water and Waste Management Association (ÖWAV), at the New Design University (NDU) or as the coordinator of the training programme for corporate energy managers of an Austrian LEADER region.
Natálie Anisimova, Ph.D. works with SEVEn since 2015 mostly on international projects. Her work includes assessment of energy efficiency of buildings, review of energy poverty situation, and participation on other projects funded by the European Commission, e.g. the EU Building Stock Observatory, Train-to-nZEB, ingREeS, Fit-to-nZEB.
Nils Daugaard has worked for more than 20 years with sustainable energy projects at European scale, the last 15 years as project manager at EC Network. Nils’ experience covers broadly regulatory, technical, financial and dissemination aspects of implementing projects within renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Pablo Alonso Gómez is a Building Engineer with post-graduate studies in building technology and renewable energy systems (MSc in Building Constructions with a specialization in Building Technology and MSc in Renewable Energy Systems). As Jr. project manager at WIP Renewable Energies he is involved in the coordination of H2020 funded project (BestRES and the CrowdFundRES) dealing with a range of technical and non-technical energy related aspects such renewable energy integration into the grid and innovative financing schemes for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
Pavel Zámyslický is a Director of Department of Energy and Climate Protection, Ministry of the Environment . After graduation at the Brno University of Technology and Czech Technical University in Prague (Economics and Energy management) he finished his PhD studies (Business management and Economics). He joined the Ministry of Environment in 2005 and become the director of Climate change department in 2007. Since 2011 he manages newly transformed Department of Energy and Climate Protection. He is focused mainly on European and national climate and energy policies and related strategies and measures, including emission trading. He is the chief negotiator for the Czech Republic within international (UNFCCC) and EU agendas related to climate policy.
Pavel Podruh has graduated at Empire State College, NY, followed by CEMS Institute with Major in International management. Worked as strategist at Ogilvy and SABMiller, later entrepreneur and founder of the Czech Off-Grid Houses platform, which aims to accelerate the transition to sustainable architecture methods. His platform is responsible for development of the largest student architecture competition focused on sustainability and cleaner solutions in CEE region In 2016 he received prestigious UN Award for helping to fulfill global sustainable goals.
Peter Rathje is the Managing Director (CEO) for the ProjectZero Company, a public private partnership driving the implementation of the ProjectZero vision in the city of Sonderborg. From 2007 and until the completion of the Frank Gehry Masterplan for Sonderborg Harbour Company in 2009, he was also in charge of the master plan creation-process. The GEHRY project is focused on turning a 50.000 m2 old harbor area into a vibrant ZEROcarbon community. Until accepting his present position in 2007, he has been CEO of several SME companies and living abroad. During the last 25 years Peter Rathje has been an active board-member of University research committees, business schools, university colleges etc. Peter Rathje has also been chairman/board-member of private companies, industry associations and employer’s organization in Denmark and abroad.
Sébastien Occhipenti studied international relations and geopolitics at the Sorbonne University in Paris before joining the European Economic and Social Committee. After working initially on transport issues he worked for 6 years on energy and public engagement. He now works in the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission where he is in charge of local energy action, including the Covenant of Mayors, and consumer outreach.
Silvia Caneva holds a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and a post graduate diploma in Energy Resource Management. Silvia works as senior research project manager at WIP Renewable Energies dealing with projects mainly for the European Commission in the field of integration of renewable energy systems in buildings and into the electrical grids. She is involved in the coordination of BestRES and of the CrowdFundRES projects. She was involved in the coordination of the Smart Build and OrPHEuS projects. Furthermore, she is involved in the coordination of the Secretariat of the European Technology and Innovation Platform Photovoltaics (ETIP-PV). She is also member of the scientific committee of the European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC). Prior to joining WIP she was a researcher at the R&D Centre of the Italian utility Edison in the field of electricity generation from renewable energy sources.
Tiit Kallaste is climate and energy policy expert concentrating on the implementation of UN FCCC and Kyoto Protocol flexible mechanisms. In particular, Joint Implementation and Emissions Trading. Energy efficiency and renewable energy wider deployment have been in his focus for a longe time.
Wendel Trio has been the Director of CAN Europe since September 2011. His main tasks include strategy development, high-level political representation, developing the network and fundraising. He also coordinates and manages the secretariat. Wendel has over 30 years of experience working for NGOs, including working as political director for Oxfam in Belgium, as campaign director for Greenpeace Belgium and as Director of the Policy and Business Unit of Greenpeace International. In that capacity he managed Greenpeace International’s climate policy work and led Greenpeace delegations at the UNFCCC COPs from 2007 to 2010. Wendel holds a Masters in Social Sciences from Catholic University of Leuven.