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Georg Zachmann (Welcome)

Senior Fellow

  • Georg Zachmann (Welcome)

    Georg Zachmann is a senior fellow at Bruegel - an independent economic think tank based in Brussels. At Bruegel he has worked since 2009 on energy and climate policy. Prior to Bruegel Georg worked at the German Ministry of Finance, the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin and the energy think tank LARSEN in Paris. Georg holds a doctoral degree in economics.

    Georg’s work recently focused on the EU Long Term Climate Strategy and (regional) growth potential for low carbon technologies sectors.

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Hans van Steen (Key Note)

Acting Director, Renewables, Research, Innovation and Energy Efficiency, DG ENERGY, European Commission.
  • Hans van Steen (Key Note)

    Mr van Steen began his career in the Danish Ministry for Education and later moved to the Ministry for Energy as Head of Sector for European and Nordic energy co-operation. He joined the European Commission in 1989 as a Seconded National Expert, working mainly in the area of energy technology dissemination. Following several assignments in the fields of energy and transport, he became Deputy Head of Unit for Inter-institutional Affairs (2001 - 2006), Head of Unit for Renewable Energy (2006 - 2013), Head of Unit for and International Energy Relations and Enlargement (2013 - 2017) and Adviser on Renewables, Research and Innovation and Energy Efficiency (2017 - present). He became Acting Director on 1 October 2018.

    Mr van Steen holds a Master's Degree in Political Science from the University of Århus, Denmark.

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Sonja van Renssen (Moderator)

Climate, Energy & Environment Journalist

Sonja van Renssen (Moderator)
  • Sonja van Renssen (Moderator)

    Sonja is a freelance energy, climate and environment journalist based in Brussels. She writes for Nature Climate Change, Platts, Foresight Climate & Energy, ENDS Europe, Natural Gas World, NNA Europe and others. She was the Brussels correspondent for Energy Post from 2013-18 and the environment correspondent for online broadcaster from 2010-16. Sonja regularly moderates high-level debates and conferences on energy, climate and environment. Before going freelance in 2010, Sonja was the lead climate correspondent for environmental news service ENDS Europe for four years. She won a BBC-sponsored “Young Broadcaster of the Year Award” in 2005. Sonja has an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London and a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford. She grew up in the Netherlands, Japan and Taiwan, and speaks fluent English and Dutch, with a good command of German and French.

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Paolo Falcioni (Panel Session)

Director General
(Home Appliance Europe)

  • Paolo Falcioni (Panel Session)

    Paolo Falcioni has been APPLiA's Director General since January 2014. In this position he focused on improving the association visibility and effectiveness within Europe and internationally.

    To that extent, he has been one of the founders of the International Roundtable of Household Appliance Manufacturers Associations (IRHMA) which tackles world-wide issues like sustainability and innovation in a global manner. He served for three year as Chairman of the Coalition for Energy Savings, a multi-stakeholder group aiming at improving energy efficiency in Europe. He is one of the Board members in Smart Energy Europe, smartEn fostering demand side management to help consumers to reap the benefits of the new Energy market.

    In 2016 he has been nominated member of the REFIT platform as a representative of the stakeholder group. The REFIT Platform brings together the Commission, national authorities and other stakeholders in regular meetings to improve existing EU legislation.

    Paolo graduated in electronic engineering from University of Ancona, in Italy. He started working in the telecommunication sector and, after that, he worked within the household appliance industry sector where he held positions with growing responsibilities.

    An Italian national, Paolo also speaks English and French fluently. In his free time, he likes baking homemade delicacies
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Breda Kutin (Panel Session)

President, Slovene Consumers Association & Executive Member, European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)
  • Breda Kutin (Panel Session)

    Breda Kutin is the founding member of the Slovene Consumers Association - ZPS and has been its President since 1990. She is the editor of the only consumer magazine - ZPStest - in Slovenia. She is one of the founders of the International Consumer Research Institute and has been its Director since 1993.

    She has over 30 years of experience in consumer movement. She is an EU expert on consumer policy and capacity building of consumer NGOs.

    She has been a member of the Executive of BEUC since 2004, and was its Vice-President for three mandates. She was a Council member of Consumers International from 1994 to 2007 and its Treasurer from 2003 to 2007. From 2008 to 2014 she was a member of the Steering Committee of the TACD and EU chair in 2013/2014. Since 2004, she has been Slovenia‘s consumer representative to the European Consumer Consultative Group.

    She is member of several bodies in Slovenia, representing consumer interest.

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Radoš Horáček (Panel Session)

Team Leader Energy Efficiency
European Commission

Eleanor Denny (CONSEED)

Associate Professor of Economics,
Trinity College Dublin

  • Eleanor Denny (CONSEED)

    Prof. Eleanor Denny is an Associate Professor of Economics and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (FTCD). Her research interests are in applied energy and behavioural Economics, with a particularly interest in energy efficiency. She is coordinator of the Horizon 2020 project CONSEED and is also director of Trinity Research in Social Sciences (TRiSS). She is an independent member of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC), a board member of the Irish Government Economic Evaluation Service (IGEES) and the Behavioural Economics Unit at Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

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Massimo Tavoni (COBHAM)

Associate Professor, School of Management of Politecnico di Milano, Director of the European Institute on the Economy and the Environment (EIEE)
  • Massimo Tavoni (COBHAM)

    Massimo Tavoni is associate professor at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano, and director of the European Institute on the Economy and the Environment (EIEE), a partnership between Resources for the Future and the Fondazione CMCC. Till 2018, he coordinated the climate programme at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei. He has been fellow at the Center for Advanced Studied in Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University, and post doctoral fellow at Princeton University. His research is about climate change mitigation policies, and has appeared in major scientific journals. He is a lead author of the IPCC (5th and 6th reports), co-directs of the International Energy Workshop and was deputy editor for the journal ‘Climatic Change’. He is the recipient of a starting grant from the European Research Council (ERC).

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Cristina Cattaneo (PENNY)

Scientist at RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment, CMCC and FEEM, Milano

  • Cristina Cattaneo (PENNY)

    Cristina is a scientist at RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment, where she coordinates a H2020 project on Psychological, social and financial barriers to energy efficiency (PENNY). She is also responsible for the research area on climate induced migration. Cristina is adjunct professor at the Graduate School in Public Economics- DEFAP and previously taught in various universities in Italy and abroad, both at undergraduate and at graduate level. Her main research interests involve applied econometrics, the economics of migration and energy economics.

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Linda Steg (Panel Session - PENNY)

Professor of Environmental Psychology, University of Groningen

  • Linda Steg (Panel Session - PENNY)

    Linda Steg is professor of environmental psychology at the University of Groningen. She studies factors influencing sustainable behaviour, the effects and acceptability of strategies aimed at promoting sustainable behaviour, and public perceptions of technology and system changes. She is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW), and lead author of the IPCC special report on 1.5°C and AR6. She participates in various interdisciplinary and international research programmes, and collaborates with practitioners working in industry, governments and NGOs.

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