Academic Director – Energy Academy Europe
Distinguished Professor Energy System Analysis – University of Groningen
Prof. dr. André P.C. Faaij (1969) was appointed as by 1st of April 2014 as Academic Director of the Energy Academy Europe and Distinguished Professor Energy System Analysis at the University of Groningen.
He has a background in chemistry and environmental sciences and holds a Ph.D. on energy production from biomass and wastes. He worked as visiting researcher at the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies – Princeton University and at King’s College – London University.
His expertise includes: bio-based economy, renewable energy, transport and alternative fuels, capture and storage of CO2, modeling and scenario analyses of energy systems, technological learning and innovation in energy systems and energy policy.
He has published over 600 titles in scientific journals, reports, books and proceedings, qualifies as ‘highly cited researcher’ (top 1% of research field) by criteria of Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Science.
He is a member of a variety of expert groups in bio-energy and energy policy, research and strategic planning. He works or has worked as an advisor for governments, the European Commission, International Energy Agency, the UN system, IPCC, Global Environment Facility, OECD, World Economic Forum, the energy sector & industry, strategic consultancy, NGO’s, etc.
Director, UNIDO Energy and Climate Change Branch
Pradeep Monga is Director & Special Representative of the Director General on Energy at UNIDO. He leads the energy and environment related work at the international agency. In addition to his regular duties, Mr. Monga represents UNIDO at high-level meetings on energy and environment.
Mr. Monga is an expert in the field of energy policy planning, energy technologies and financing mechanisms with over 30 years of working experience. His present responsibilities include giving developing countries strategic advice on energy policy issues, the supervision of networks of energy technology centers, and the coordination with UN Energy members on energy and climate issues. Before UNIDO, Mr. Monga worked for UNDP and had been a consultant with the World Bank, World Resource Institute in Washington DC, TERI in New Delhi and the FAO in Rome. Before his career at the UN, Mr. Monga held senior positions in the Government of India and is a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre (1980 batch) in India.
Mr. Monga has presented several technical papers in over 40 international seminars/workshops and has co-authored three books. In addition, he holds a certificate in Advanced Organisational Management from Harvard Business School. He is both a Fulbright and Humphrey scholar.
Director Alliance Management Energy Transition – Alliander
Bram Reinders is Director Alliance Management Energy Transition at Dutch network company Alliander. In this role, he creates alliances that can help facilitate the energy transition. This includes GSC3 (Global Smart City and Community Coalition), an international network of cities that are implementing Smart City solutions.
Cities include Amsterdam, Rotterdam (Netherlands), Chicago and Austin (USA), Bandung (Indonesia) and Genova (Italy). City governments, ‘living labs’, research centers, and service companies are among the partners who collaborate in this initiative.
Xander van Tilburg
Senior Advisor Policy Studies – Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN)
Xander van Tilburg has over 15 years of experience working in energy, climate change, and finance. He leads ECN’s large scale technical assistance projects and is an internationally recognised expert on the concept and development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
Xander is the co-ordinator of ECN’s work on the German government funded Mitigation Momentum project, through which ECN (in partnership with Ecofys) provides policy advice and technical assistance support to developing countries to help them develop NAMAs. Xander is a close follower of the international climate negotiations and a regular attendee of COPs and SB meetings. Xander has been involved as a lead author in several collaborative efforts on green growth (e.g. Green Economy Report, Green Growth Best Practice initiative).
Before focusing on low-carbon development, Xander was advisor to the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, where he lead a team assessing annual Dutch feed-in premium levels for renewable energy. In his work, he has an interest in bridging the gap between scientific insights and rigour, and pragmatic policy advice. Before joining ECN in 2005, Mr. Van Tilburg led a variety of financial risk management and scenario modelling projects for institutional investors (insurance, pension funds, etc.). His interests include international relations, finance and political economy.
Professor of Energy Systems and Industrial Ecology – University of Groningen
Gerard Dijkema is Professor of Energy Systems and Industrial Ecology at the University of Groningen. His chair operates as part of the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG) of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Dijkema is also chair of the IVEM capacity group, which forms part of ESRIG.
His research focus is the understanding and modelling of energy systems, energy infrastructure, industry networks and material cycles. His objective is to explore the effects of innovation, policy and regulation on the development of these complex adaptive systems and to explore the (im)possibilities of technology, sustainable development, system integration and transition.
Dr. Gerard Dijkema graduated with distinction in Chemical Engineering at the University of Twente. He then worked Shell and NAM. In 2004, he was awarded a PhD by TU Delft with a thesis entitled ‘Process System Innovation by Design – Towards a Sustainable Petrochemical Industry’. Before coming to Groningen, he was Associate Professor of Energy and Industry at the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at the Delft University of Technology.
Professor of Energy Systems Analysis – Delft University of Technology Director (& co-founder) – Ecofys energy consultancy
Kornelis Blok holds a chair in Energy Systems Analysis at Delft University of Technology. He has all-round research experience in the field of energy efficiency improvement, clean energy production, energy system simulation and energy and climate policy analysis.
He played an important role in the development of European energy policies and international climate policies and has worked in many countries around the globe. He was a lead author for the Third and Fourth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and authored and co-authored over100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, several books and 250 research reports, conference contributions and other scientific publications.
In 1984 he was one of the founders of Ecofys, a leading energy consultancy, where he is now Director of Science.
Kornelis Blok studied experimental physics at Utrecht University and received a Ph.D. degree in 1991 on a thesis ‘On the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions’.
Professor of Energy Transition and Networks – Hanze University of Applied Sciences
International Business – Gasunie
In his professorship in Energy Transition and Networks, Martien researches how the energy infrastructure can make our energy supply more sustainable, while affordable and reliable at the same time. The starting point is to realise an integral vision on infrastructure for gas and electricity.
Besides his professorship at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Martien has been employed by Gasunie since 1992, where he has held various technical and economical positions. Currently, he has a position in International Business. Martien is also a Fellow at the Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP).
Martien Visser (1958) has an Applied Physics degree from the Technical University of Eindhoven. Following this study, he obtained his PhD at the TU Delft where he wrote about the use of coal for electricity production. Later on, he worked at the International Flame Research Foundation in IJmuiden.
Gerard van Pijkeren
Head – Gasunie New Energy
Gerard van Pijkeren has been employed by Gasunie since 1988 and has held various positions within the company, including in Research, Industrial Sales, Finance, Gas Transport Services and Business Development. In this last role, he was responsible for the sustainability portfolio and CCS.
Most recently, he was appointed Head of Gasunie New Energy, which focuses on upscaling of promising innovative sustainable energy solutions.
Gerard van Pijkeren is a board member of Groen Gas Nederland, a network that represents over 125 companies active in the biogas sector.
Chief Economist – PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Honorary Professor of Finance and Controlling in the Energy Sector – University of Groningen
Jan-Willem Velthuijsen is partner with PwC and was appointed Chief Economist in January 2014. Before that he managed the Markets, Competition & Regulations teams in Europe for PwC.
He is also Honorary Professor of Finance and Controlling in the Energy Sector at University of Groningen and Programme Director of the Executive Masters Finance & Control for the Energy Industry on behalf of PwC and Shell (courses in Groningen, Houston, Doha, Moscow and Rio de Janeiro). Earlier, he worked with SEO Economic Research and was Professor of Energy Economics at the University of Amsterdam.
Jan Willem has over 30 years of experience in academic and contract research for governments, authorities, NGO’s and corporates. Jan Willem is specialized in addressing economic issues and analyses of markets, as applicable in antitrust and economic regulation questions, state aid and societal cost benefit analyses, business case and business review appraisals, valuation and financial economic modeling, macro-economics and corporate finance. He has done work in various industries, including telecoms, healthcare, energy, chemicals and pharma, transport & logistics, and sports. He is an econometrician and economist by training.
Dean Centre of Expertise Energy – Hanze University of Applied Sciences
Jan-jaap Aué worked as a PhD student at the University of Groningen from 1991-1997. Hereafter, working at KNP Research from 1997 – 2002 and at TNO from 2003 – 2009, he became interested in innovation management and bringing research to business in new products and services.
In 2009 he joined Hanze University of Applied Sciences as Dean of Life Sciences and later Dean of Engineering, creating a Research and innovation Centre on Energy: EnTranCe. In April 2015 he was appointed Dean of the Centre of Expertise Energy at Hanze UAS.
Jan-jaap Aué holds a PhD In Materials Sciences from the University of Groningen.
Wim van Gemert
Leading Professor – Hanze University of Applied Sciences
Wim van Gemert is the leading professor at the Research Centre Energy at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and is responsible for the focal project ‘People in Power’ and the contents of the R & D programs.
He is also responsible for the multi utility lab RenQi, an alliance between TNO, KEMA, DNV-GL and the Hanze University and is one of the initiators of EnTranCe.
Wim van Gemert studied chemical technology and obtained his PhD at the Technicl University Eindhoven. He then worked for TNO knowledge and innovation institute and Gasunie.
Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer, University of Groningen
Thijs Bouman is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer Social and Environmental Psychology within the Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the UoG. His research focuses on how values affect environmental behaviors and how technological innovations could be used to motivate and promote pro-environmental behaviors.
One of the projects he is currently working on is the ‘Beijing Groningen Smart Energy Cities’ (BIGS) project. The objective of this interdisciplinary project is to increase awareness of energy and understand citizen behavior across countries by combining insights from Computer Science, Social Sciences and Economics.
Programme Coordinator Gender and Energy Research at Energeia , International network on gender and sustainable energy
Annemarije Kooijman-van Dijk is research coordinator of the ENERGIA Gender and Energy Research Programme. This research programme has the objective to inform evidence-based policy and practice to support socio-economic benefits of energy interventions. ENERGIA is hosted by Hivos.
Annemarije has 20 years’ experience in the topic of energy and development. Prior to joining ENERGIA, she was engaged in multidisciplinary research, education and strategy advice at both technical and management and policy departments at Netherlands Energy Research Center ECN and at the University of Twente.
Chief, Research Division & Capacity Development Institute, UNIDO
Ms. Killmeyer-Oleche is the Chief of the Research & Capacity Development Division and is responsible for UNIDO’s research activities, including the development of the flagship publication, the Industrial Development Report every two years. She is also responsible for the delivery of a variety of UNIDO’s capacity development services, covering key aspects of UNIDO’s industrial development mandate – green industry, competitiveness, sustainable manufacturing practices, etc.. She has extensive experience at UNIDO, serving as the Chief of the Quality Monitoring Division for the past 4 years; quality assurance of technical cooperation at project design stag. She was also the Programme Officer responsible for francophone African countries (between 1998 and 2006). Her long-standing commitment to youth unemployment, women’s economic empowerment and sustainable development is a constant theme throughout her career.
Coordinator International Affairs – Energy Academy Europe
Sjoerd Ammerlaan is Manager International Affairs of the Energy Academy Europe since September 2014. Before that, he worked in the areas of market regulation, competition and consumer protection policy for ten years with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and national regulatory bodies.
In 2010-2014, he lived, worked and studied in Australia. In this time, he worked as senior advisor with the Australian Energy Market Commission, the national body tasked with making the rules for Australia’s gas and electricity markets and providing market development advice.
He holds a LLM law degree with the University of Utrecht and a Master in Diplomacy & Trade with Monash University, Melbourne.
Training Manager, UNIDO Institute
Since 2012, Mr. Brugger works as a Training Manager with the UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development. He is involved in all of the Institute’s training activities from content preparation to facilitating class exercises.
Previously, he worked with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in New York, the International Press Institute in Vienna and the European Commission. Mr. Brugger holds a Master degree in Philosophy from Vienna University and a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, UK.
Sustainable Energy Expert, UNIDO Department of Energy
Since joining UNIDO in 2012, Sunyoung Suh has designed and implemented sustainable energy projects and programmes with a geographic focus in sub-Saharan Africa. Her current areas of work include providing strategic support and guidance for international energy initiatives, and coordinating partnership engagement with governments and the private sector. Prior to joining UNIDO, she worked on environmental sustainability and climate change mitigation issues at the Asian Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, the Global Climate Finance Project at New York University, and the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute.