Speakers and Bio's

Barbara Schlomann studied economics and energy economics at the universities of Freiburg i.Br. and Cologne. In 1987, she joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) in Karlsruhe, Germany, where she works as a senior scientist and project manager. From 2008 to 2011, head of business unit Energy Efficiency in the Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Systems, since 2012 head of business unit Energy Policy in the Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets. She received her PhD from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 2014. Her current research focus and publications are mainly in the area of national and international energy policy. They comprise the analysis of energy consumption and energy efficiency potentials in all final consumption sectors, the development of energy efficiency indicators and the design and evaluation of energy efficiency policies. Since 2011, she is a member in the Board of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee).

Joachim Schleich is full professor of Energy Economics and head of the Energy Management research team at Grenoble Ecole de Management, France. He is also a senior researcher at Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research in Karlsruhe, Germany. His current research focusses on factors driving adoption of energy efficient technologies in household and organizations and on individual and corporate response to energy policies. (http://en.grenoble-em.com/annuaire/joachim-schleich/)

Michael Hartner holds a Phd in Energy Economics from TU Wien. His Phd-thesis focuses on the economics of Photovoltaic in the Energy system.

He is currently working as a senior scientist and lecturer at the Energy Economics Group at TU Wien.

His main research areas include the modelling of energy systems, integration of renewables into the electricity system and district heating networks and the long term development of heating and cooling demand in Europe. In several recent research projects he has been involved in calculating scenarios for heating and cooling the European building stock and the potential impact of policies related to thermal building standards and heating systems on energy demand in Europe.

Prof. Dr. Rainer Walz is Head of the Competence Center Sustainability and Infrastructure Systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe. He studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Freiburg and at Brock University, Canada. PhD and "habilitation" in economics. Prior employment includes the University of Wisconsin and the Enquête Commission "Protecting the Earth's Atmosphere" of the German Bundestag. He is teaching at the University of Karlsruhe and is a member of various national and international committees.

Wolfgang Eichhammer. Head of the Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe Germany. Professor for Energy Efficiency and Energy Systems Modelling at Utrecht University Netherlands, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development.

Physicist with professional experience gathered in various countries of the European Union and world-wide in designing and evaluating energy efficiency and renewables policies as well as climate policies. Advisor to the European Commission in questions related to the Energy Efficiency Directive and the 2030 framework for energy efficiency. Technical coordinator of the Odyssee-MURE project on energy efficiency indicators and policies (www.odyssee-mure.eu).

Samuel Thomas is a senior energy efficiency analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA), an autonomous organisation of the OECD, which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its member countries and beyond. He leads the programme of analytical work on energy efficiency, including the IEA’s annual Energy Efficiency Market Report and projects on policy implementation, most recently publishing on market-based instruments for efficiency.

Before joining the IEA in 2014, Sam was Deputy Director for Climate Change Economics and Energy Efficiency Analysis at the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), where he led the analysis supporting the UK’s Climate Change Act, EU ETS implementation, the UK’s supplier obligations and strategies on energy efficiency, heat and fuel poverty.

Élie BELLEVRAT has over ten years of experience in energy economics and the economic assessment of environmental policies. In 2015, he joined the International Energy Agency in Paris as a Senior Analyst, to lead the analyses on industry and macro-economic assumptions for the World Energy Outlook publication series.

From 2013 and 2015, Élie was a Senior Analyst at ENGIE’s Corporate Strategy (former GDF-SUEZ), leading the work on global energy demand assessment for the Corporate scenarios and some special projects for the company Regulated Infrastructures. Prior to ENGIE, Élie coordinated the Learning Platform initiative on climate and energy policies at IDDRI (Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations) in Paris, involving policy-makers, researchers and businesses from the EU and the largest emerging countries (China, India and Brazil). Before that, he has been working as a researcher at the LEPII, a French CNRS lab (2006 to 2008), and at the specialized consultancy ENERDATA (2008 to 2011) in Grenoble, France, where he contributed extensively to the development of global energy modelling solutions, and to advisory and research activities intended to high level customers of the energy sector (e.g. Utilities or O&G companies), governments, or the European Commission.

Serena Pontoglio works since 2014 as Policy Officer on Energy efficiency. She deals with the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive, energy audits and energy efficiency modelling. Prior to that she has worked on socio-economic research policies in the field of climate change. Before joining the Commission in 2009 she has worked as researcher in environmental economics at the National Research Council in Italy (CNR). She holds a PhD from the Department of Public Economics of the Catholic University of Milan.