Director of Renewable Energy, IFOK GmbH
Toby Couture is an international energy consultant focusing on renewable energy policy, strategy, and finance worldwide. He has over a decade of experience in the renewable energy field and is widely recognized as a leading voice in the global renewable energy industry.
Prior to joining IFOK, Toby worked in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in Colorado, where he was responsible for the Lab’s global work on feed-in tariff policies. He has published several influential reports on renewable energy policy, and has advised over thirty (30) governments around the world on their energy strategies, ranging from Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.
Mr. Couture is a native speaker of both French and English, is semi-fluent in Spanish, and has varying levels of fluency in German, Greek, and Swahili. He is a previous recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, has studied renewable energy finance at Paris’ Ecole des Mines in France, holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Moncton in Canada, as well as an MSc. in Financial and Commercial Regulation from the London School of Economics in the UK. He currently lives in Berlin.
Chief, UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development, UNIDO
Jacek Cukrowski provides leadership to all the activities of the UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development and manages its operations. Before joining UNIDO he worked for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as an adviser and a team leader at Regional Center for Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States. Previously he was with the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Poland and earlier with the Economic Institute of Academy of Science of the Czech Republic. His academic background includes MSc in system engineering, PhD in computer science, and PhD and habilitation (i.e., a senior post-doctoral qualification) in economics. He has extensive teaching and research experience in international trade, development economics and macroeconomics. He is an author or co-author of numerous publications in refereed international journals and books and chapters in books. In 2009, in recognition of sustained professional and academic excellence he received the title of Professor conferred by the President of Poland upon a motion of the Central Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles of the Republic of Poland.
Industrial development Officer, Energy and Climate Change Branch, UNIDO
Mark is a Master in Biological Sciences with an additional degree in Environmental Management and over 14 years of experience in the field of renewable energy, carbon reduction and climate change mitigation projects and programmes around the world. Mark has worked for both the public sector in Brussels, Belgium and the private sector in London, UK.
In 2010 Mark joined UNIDO as Industrial Development Officer at UNIDO Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, and has been working in the Energy and Climate Change Branch, Rural and Renewable Energy Unit, with a view to trigger investments in low carbon industrial growth in developing countries and economies in transition. The current geographical focus of his activities includes Ukraine, Armenia, Albania and India, primarily focusing on industrial applications of biomass and solar energy, as well as energy access projects in Ivory Coast and Madagascar, focusing on solar energy and small hydropower.
Head of Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets, Frauenhofer institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI)
Head of the Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research.
Physicist (PhD) with professional experience in a larger number of countries in energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and climate protection.
Technical advisor among others to national governments, the EU Commission and the EU Parliament, the World Bank, the Unido and private companies in questions related to strategy development for energy efficiency and renewables.
In the energy efficiency field he was supporting the EU Commission in the development of the Directive for the Energy Performance of Buildings, the Energy Services Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive. Long-term technological developments in the energy field are part of his work focused on long-term projections to 2050.
Director General, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)
Martin Hiller has been Director General of REEEP since December 2011. He has over 20 years of experience in environmental issues and sustainability, policy, specialised policy communications and campaigns, and in-depth knowledge of climate change and energy policy. Under his leadership, REEEP has sharpened its focus as a catalyst for up-scaling clean energy business models.
Prior to joining REEEP, Martin had a distinguished career with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) where he led campaigns and communications in the global climate and energy programme. Earlier, he established the first EU-specific campaign operation for any environmental NGO in Brussels, developed WWF’s European communications operations, and created the first EU-specific policy campaigns. Until 2013, Martin was also founding President of the Board of the Gold Standard Foundation, the world’s prime quality carbon offset provider, where he remains a member of the Board.
Scientist, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
Susanne Köppen works at IFEU since 2007. She has a wide experience in sustainability criteria related to biomass and bioenergy. She participates in national and international projects that develop and implement such criteria in different contexts. Examples are the compilation of sustainability aspects to be included in biomass potential analyses within Europe as well as the development of criteria for solid biomass and bio-based materials. Furthermore, she participates in the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) activities related to sustainability indicators for bioenergy.
Additional working fields are life cycle assessments (LCA) and environmental impact assessments (EIA) of energy and industrial crops as well as bio-based materials and renewable energy systems. In this context, she mainly works in the creation of greenhouse gas calculation tools for biofuels. Main projects are the design of a tool for GEF-funded projects and the development and maintenance of such tools in the context of the European Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) and related German legislation. She has worked on the development of the tool ENZO2 and she is the leading developer of the BioGrace II tool. This works include as well the performing of training sessions with tool appliers, such as economic operators, certifiers, verifiers and other stakeholders.
Furthermore, she acts as an advisor for the implementation of greenhouse gas balancing according to the RED. Further expertises comprise biomass potential assessments and economic profitability calculations for bioenergy systems.
Chief of the Renewable and Rural Energy Unit, UNIDO
Diego Masera as the Chief of Renewable Energy Unit at UNIDO is in charge of a global project portfolio in developing countries and economies in transition with a value of over USD 200 million.
Diego Masera holds a PhD in Renewable Energy with focus on the development of a sustainable industrial model based on the use of renewable energies, carbon sequestration and poverty reduction. He worked in the promotion and development of Renewable Energies and Appropriate Technologies in Africa for over ten years.
He served for five years as a Regional Coordinator for the Industry, Technology and Economics Programme of UNEP in Latin America and the Caribbean and a similar period as UNDP’s Climate Change Regional Coordinator in the same region. Diego Masera has an extensive experience of hand-on renewable energy project implementation covering more than 40 countries. He is author of several articles and books on Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Production and Consumption.
Director of the Energy and Climate Change Branch, UNIDO
An energy expert with over 30 years of working experience in the field of energy policy, strategic planning and clean energy technologies, Dr. Monga is presently working as Director of Energy and Climate Change at UNIDO. His primary responsibility is to provide strategic policy advice to member states on sustainable energy and industrial issues, and lead an inter-disciplinary team of energy experts, planners and networks of international energy technology centers at UNIDO to promote technical cooperation projects and partnerships in the field of energy efficiency, renewable energy and low carbon technologies in developing countries and countries in transition.
Prior to joining UNIDO in 2001, Dr. Monga worked with UNDP for over five years overseeing their energy and environment portfolio in India. Before starting his UN career, Dr. Monga has held senior positions in the Government of India, and undertook several international assignments with the World Bank, FAO and other multi/bi-lateral organizations. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Monga has been a visiting Fellow at TERI, New Delhi, and World Resources Institute, Washington DC, and completed leadership and change management programme at the Harvard Business School. He is closely involved in strengthening of global partnerships and networks on energy such as UN Energy, Global Bioenergy Partnership, REEEP, REN 21, and has been closely associated with the global initiative on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) launched by UN Secretary General at Rio + 20 in June 2012.
Dr. Monga has presented technical papers in over 45 international seminars and workshops in the field of energy, environment and sustainable development focusing on energy policies, technology transfer and capacity building issues in developing countries and economies in transition. He has several technical papers to his credit, and has organized several global forum activities. He has co-authored three books namely (a) Rural Energy Alternatives in the Hilly Areas; (b) Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development in the Himalayas; and (c) Renewable Energy and Environment – A Policy Analysis for India, and working on his fourth book on Renewable Energy for Industrial Applications: A Case Study of India.
CEO, CSR Company International
Martin founded and heads the CSR Company International, a consultancy specialized on Corporate Social Responsibility with offices in 18 countries on three continents (Europe, Asia, Africa). CSR Company International advises companies, organisations and governments on implementing CSR as a strategic tool to improve business performance and create space for innovation rather than doing the same just better.
Within the Working Group of ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation), Martin is the chair the Task Group “Implementation” in the ISO 26000 development process. This international standard deals with Social Responsibility and how to integrate it into organisations as a management tool.
He is the academic head of a postgraduate Master of Science Degree course “CSR and ethical management” at the University of Vienna. This course is now also offered in Mumbai together with the Indian Institute for CSR.
Chief of the Energy Efficiency Unit, UNIDO
Marina Ploutakhina is Chief of the Energy Efficiency Unit at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna. In this capacity, she manages technical assistance projects and programmes involving industrial energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Previously, Marina served in the UN Secretariat in New York and in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), working on environmental and economic issues pertaining to sustainable energy and climate change.
More recently Marina was directly engaged in managing the activities of the Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4All) and those of the Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC).
She holds a postgraduate M.Sc degree from the University of Bradford, UK and B.Sc from Columbia University, USA.
Associate Industrial Development Officer, UNIDO
I joined UNIDO in 2009, were my main tasks are implementing industrial energy efficiency (IEE) projects in China and selected Latin American countries. My field of work includes energy conservation practices, covering managerial, financial and technical aspects, industrial benchmarking, which may serve to streamline the CDM; and technology road mapping and needs assessments.
Prior to joining UNIDO, I held positions in the Irish National Utility International operations, ESBI, as a Renewable Energy & CDM business developer in South East Asia; in British Maritime Technologies (BMT), a UK engineering and risk management consultancies, were I worked on projects involving environmental and technical due diligence and UK domestic climate compliance; and in Repsol YPF, a Spanish integrated oil and gas firm with global operations, introducing the CDM to non annex I country operations and previously as an environmental corporate auditor. I have lived in Argentina, the UK, India, Ireland and now Austria and spent extensive periods in Malaysia and Spain.
I received degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (Argentina), in Environmental Management for the Austral University (Argentina) and in Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge (UK).
Industrial Development Officer, Cleaner and Sustainable Production Unit, UNIDO
Petra has long standing experience as UNIDO project manager and considerably contributed to building-up the UNIDO/UNEP global Cleaner Production Programme, which currently includes 50 countries. She has managed National Cleaner Production Centres and Programmes in more than 15 countries in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America; developed UNIDO’s Regional Cleaner Production Networks for Latin America and South-Eastern Europe; coordinated a comprehensive integrated municipal waste management project in Cuba and several low carbon projects.
In 2004 she initiated UNIDO’s global activities for the development and promotion of Chemical Leasing which is an innovative service based business model for sound chemicals management. Fostering Public-Private Partnerships and encouraging new approaches to resource efficient and cleaner production including sustainable tourism are additional fields of operation. Within her work, she provides strategic and technical guidance on efficient project management and monitoring, policy development, business planning, national and regional networking, service portfolio development and the elaboration of sustainability schemes.
Petra is the co-author of the book “Chemical Leasing goes global” and published several articles on Chemical Leasing. She studied Economics at the Vienna University of Business Administration and Social Sciences and Environmental Management at the University of London. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Industrial Development Officer, Renewable and Rural Energy Unit, UNIDO
Nina Zetsche is an Industrial Development Officer at the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in Vienna. With over ten years of work experience at the interface of environment and business, she has concentrated particularly on climate change and the mechanisms under the UNFCCC, renewable energy and energy-efficiency.
Having worked for both industry and government clients, Nina has been able to develop a strong set of multi-disciplinary, transferable skills with a focus on project / programme management, system and process development and capacity building. Her strength lies in engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders in different cultural environments to develop intelligent, context specific strategies and action plans that deliver effective, long-term solutions.
Nina holds a MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London as well as a MA in Communication Science from Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich and a BSc (Economics) Politics & International Relations from the University of London (LSE).