Speakers at the 2nd St. Gallen Forum Get to know the speakers at the 2nd St. Gallen Forum for Management of Renewable Energies Valentin Ade, Finance Manager, COLEXON Energy AG, Germany Valentin Ade is active in business development and project finance at the solar project developer COLEXON Energy AG. COLEXON is specialized in the project management and the realization of midsize and large solar PV parks. The company has a track record in many European countries, in the USA, South Korea and Australia. Valentin Ade will participate in „Workshop 3: Beyond the Financials: The Significance of Qualitative Factors in Photovoltaic Project Financing“ and will provide insights into current challenges of solar project management and financing. Dr. Frank Baumgärtner, CEO, TeraJoule Energy GmbH, Germany Dr. Frank Baumgärtner is CEO of TeraJoule Energy GmbH located in Frankfurt a.M. Short CV is coming soon. At the 2. St.Gallen Forum for Management of Renewable Energies, Dr. Baumgärtner provides an impulse speech to Workshop 4 "Competitive Business Models for Smart Grids". Fredy Brunner, dipl. Arch. ETH/SIA, City Council St.Gallen, Switzerland For 25 years Fredy Brunner had been leading a SME in office equipment and furniture. Since 1st January 2005, he member of the St.Gallen City Council and board member of Technische Betriebe of St.Gallen, that is regional utilities, waste management, public transportation, environment and energy). Fredy Brunner is amongst others responsible for the St.Gallen Energy Concept 2050, as well as for the projects "Geothermal energy in St.Gallen" and "Fibre to the Home FTTH". He represents the city in a variety of supervisory boards in the IT, energy and transportation sector. At the 2. St.Gallen Forum, Fredy Brunner contributes to Workshop 2 Consumers change to producers - On the way to regional energy independence" as well as to the final panel discussion. Franz Bürgi, Managing Direktor, sol-e Suisse AG, Switzerland Franz Bürgi is an electrical engineer and holds a Master of Business Adminstration degree. Since spring 2008, he has been the director of sol-E Suisse AG, the renewable energy subsidiary of the BKW. Franz Bürgi has worked in different companies in the IT and telecommunication sector. Sol-E Suisse AG is planning to invest 1 billion francs by 2030 in new renewable energies such as small water power, biomass, wind, solar and geothermal energy. In workshop 6, “Successful business models for solar energy – before and after grid parity”, Franz Bürgi will talk about barriers to solar PV project development from the point of view of sol-E Suisse AG, as weel as future business models. Marcus Rist, founder and managing director of ACCELIOS Solar GmbH Marcus Rist is founder and managing director of ACCELIOS Solar GmbH – an advisory company focused on markets, technologies and financial solutions in the solar industry. His main activities are photovoltaic technologies, system technology and company ramp-up and financing. Mr. Rist is MSc. in electrical engineering and he started his career in the energy industry at business and corporate development. As founder and managing director of ACCERA AG he is well grounded in the financing of energy technology companies as well as in the acquisition and management of renewable energy projects. Christian Kümmerling, Senior Product Manager, Wealth Management Capital Holding GmbH, Germany Since 2007 Christian Kümmerling has been responsible for the structuring of closed end funds in the sectors renewable energies and infrastructure. In 2010 a German Photovoltaics-Project with a capacity of 53 MWp was successfully realised in a fund concept. Wealth Cap is a 100 % subsidiary of UniCredit Bank AG and looks back to a history of more than 25 years as a closed end fund initiator. With more than 120 funds and an issued investment volume of approx. 10 bn EUR, WealthCap is one of the leading closed end fund initiators in Germany. René Burkhard, department head of renwable energies & services, swissgrid ag, Switzerland Dr. René Burkhard is the leader of the Department Renewable Energies & Services at Swissgrid, which handles the national feed-in tariff program and issues the declaration of origin of renewable power. In this function, he is also the manager of the Feed-in Tariff Foundation. He is skilled with more than 25 years of experience in plant construction, energy production and environmental technology. Before working at Swissgrid, René Burkhard was leader of the Department Energy-Contracting with a power utility. René Burkhard received his Master degree of Material Engineering and did his post-graduate study in Business Administration at the ETH Zürich. He holds a PhD in environmental technology. In workshop 6, “Successful business models for solar energy – before and after grid parity”, René Burkhart will talk about barriers to solar PV project development from the point of view of Swissgrid, as well as future business models. Bruno Cabernard, Head of Sustainability, Coop, Switzerland Bruno Cabernard is Head of Sustainability at Coop. Coop views sustainability as a core part of its business and has established a leading market position in environmentally friendly and socially responsible products. Coop therefore consistently integrates sustainability into all of its strategies. Bruno Cabernard will use up-to-date examples to demonstrate how renewable energies are incorporated into strategic decisions, and the dynamism that results. Rémy Chrétien, Rail Environmental Center, Swiss Federal Railways SBB Rémy Chrétien heads SBB’s Rail Environmental Center, the company’s center of competence for environment and sustainability. As such, he is responsible for SBB’s sustainability strategy and its implementation within the company, as well as for environmental communications. Rémy Chrétien studied Chemistry at the University of Basle, Switzerland, and holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry / oceanography from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He worked as an environmental consultant to small and medium enterprises before joining SBB in 2000 as project manager. His areas of expertise include environmental management, waste management, air pollution, hazardous substances, and climate change. Alexandre Closset, COO, Belenos Clean Power Holding Ltd., Switzerland Alexandre Closset contributes to the entrepreneurship panel at the 2. St.Gallen Forum. Photo and CV will follow soon. Dr. phil. Daniel Hausmann-Thürig, research assistant at the Psychological Institute of the University of Zurich Dr. Daniel Hausmann-Thürig has worked as a research assistant in science and teaching in social and health psychology. His work and main interests lie next to the field of health (Medical Decision Making in the Emergency Room) mainly in the decision-making processes and conflict situations of people, intuitively dealing with risk and uncertainty.In his workshop, Mr. Haussmann Thürig will address the following central themes: Risk assessment of renewable energy sources by managers (decision models and heuristics), dealing with new and risky decision situations, and moral responsibility. Prof. Dr. Olav Hohmeyer, University of Flensburg and the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) Prof. Dr. Olav Hohmeyer is professor for energy and ressource economics at the University of Flensburg. He is a member of the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) and contributed to several reports of the UN Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC). At the 2. St.Gallen Forum for Management of Renewable Energies, Professor Hohmeyer will speak about latest scientific insights that influence the future development as well as today's potentials of renewable energies, its economics and management. Nadezhda Hoidn Wiede, Head of Department "Renewable Energy Systems", ewz, Switzerland Nadezhda Hoidn is head of the department for Renewable Energies Systems at ewz since 2008. ewz is an energy company with more than 1,000 employees, which provides the city of Zürich and parts of Graubünden with top quality, cost-effective and environmentally friendly produced electricity and related services. The department for Renewable Energy Systems acquires, builds, operates and participates in plants for electricity production from renewable energy sources (wind, biomass, solar). At the 2. St.Gallen Forum, Nadeschda Hoidn Wiede will contribute to Workshop 1 "Managing Innovation - Corporate Investments in Renewable Energies". Her CV will be published soon. Peter Hübinger, Managing Director of production facilities for electronic controls, Miele & Cie. KG, Germany Peter Hübinger heads the electronic production as the head of production facilities for electronic controls at Miele. At the 2. St.Gallen Forum, he is a discussant in Workshop 4 "Competitive Business Models for Smart Grids". Peter Hübinger's CV is coming soon. Cornelius Matthes, Director Business Alliances, Dii GmbH (Desertec), Germany Cornelius Matthes held a number of different roles within Deutsche Bank Group. He started his professional career in the Corporate Development Department where he worked on projects and transactions in different European countries. From 2007 onwards, after becoming Director, he served as Deputy Head and Member of the Management Board at Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management activities in Italy. He has comprehensive experience in M&A, strategy and distribution functions. In addition he played an instrumental role in the promotion of several successful mutual funds within the green investments field. Cornelius joined Dii in 2010 as Director Business Alliances. Among his duties, he is responsible for co-operations with shareholders and Associated Partners of Dii as well as other initiatives and associations. He is also in charge of the Working Group “Power Transmission” and the communications department. Cornelius studied Business Administration in Germany and Italy and wrote his master thesis in New York (USA) Dr. Jeremy Leggett, Founder and CEO, Solarcentury, UK Social entrepreneur Jeremy Leggett, www.jeremyleggett.net, and @JeremyLeggett on Twitter, is founder and chairman of Solarcentury, currently the UK's fastest growing energy company, and SolarAid, one of Africa's fastest-growing poverty-alleviation charities, set up with Solarcentury profits. He is also a founding director of the world's first private equity investment fund for renewables, run by Bank Sarasin (New Energies Invest AG, 2000-present), convenor of the UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security (ITPOES, 2007-present), and Associate Fellow at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute (1997-present). A regular advocate for renewables in the international media, including as a CNN Principal Voice, he has been described by the Observer as “Britain’s most respected green energy boss.” He is author of The Carbon War (2000), an account of the climate negotiations in the 1990s; Half Gone (2005), an account of the interaction between peak oil and climate change; and The Solar Century (2009), a vision of solar in the cleantech revolution. Jeremy Leggett provides the Dinner Speech at this year's pre-conference dinner. Urs Leuthard, Moderator, Swiss Televion, Switzerland Urs Leuthard is moderator at the Swiss Television. Since 2008 he has been moderating "Rundschau" on SF1. Urs Leuthard became reputable in Switzerland when he led the discussion forum "Arena" as well as different political formats. We are delighted that Urs Leuthard will be moderating the final panel on renewable energies and the implications for Switzerland. Florian Lüdeke-Freund, Research Associate at the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM), Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany Florian Lüdeke-Freund is research associate at the Center for Sustainability Management (CSM). He will moderate workshop 3 „Beyond the Financials: Der Stellenwert von qualitativen Faktoren in der Photovoltaik-Projektfinanzierung“ on the topic of „Bankability“ in the financing of photovoltaic projects. Dr. Stefan Nowak, Managing Director, NET Nowak Energie und Technologie AG, Switzerland Stefan Nowak is Managing Director of NET Nowak Energie & Technologie AG, a consulting firm with a broad service spectrum for renewable energies and energy efficiency. Profund technology and market knowledge, deep experience in technology management and a longterm engagement in development cooperation are the basis for his expertise in national and international programs. Stefan Nowak is director of the Swiss photovoltaics program, head of the PV program of the international energy agency and coordinator of the interdepartmental Platform for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Promotion in International Cooperation (REPIC). Sebastian Olbert, Senior Manager, goetzpartners, Germany Sebastian Olbert is Senior Manager at goetzpartners, a leading independent European consultancy which integrates M&A-advisory (Mergers & Acquisitions) and management consulting. Mr. Olbert is part of the industry line "Energy" and an expert on the field of renewables. He has extensive project experience and a good insight into the markets and companies of the solar industry in Europe and China. At the 2. St. Gallen Forum for Management of Renewable Energies Mr. Olbert will contribute within the workshop: "Beyond the Financials: The Role of Qualitative Factors in Photovoltaic Project Finance" Reinout Oussoren, Managing Director Europe, Northern Power Systems, USA Reinout Oussoren serves as Managing Director, Europe for Northern Power Systems, a fast growing supplier of wind turbines for the Community Wind (100kW) and Utility scale wind (2.2MW) markets. He has more than 20 years of commercial and operational leadership experience in a variety of international organizations. In his most recent position Mr. Oussoren was the Global Sales Leader for GE Energy’s Membrane Technologies business, part of the General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). During previous roles at GE he was responsible as Sales Leader and General Manager for GE Environmental Services in Europe, following the acquisition of BHA Group Holdings, Inc. He served as General Manager – Europe and member of the executive team since 1994 following the successful sale of his personal business, SF Air Filtration AG a leading supplier of filtration parts and components, to BHA Group. Mr. Oussoren has a mechanical engineering degree, holds various international patents and completed coursework in strategic marketing and management. At the 2. St.Gallen Forum for Management of Renewable Energies, Mr. Oussoren will contribute to the entrepreneurship panel speaking about community-wind as an emerging opportunity for leadership within the advanced wind sector. Dr. Pascal Previdoli, Vice Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Switzerland Mr. Pascal Previdoli received a doctorate in economics from the University of Bern in 1998. Since 1997 he has been working at the Swiss Federal Office of Energy and since 1. July 2010 he serves as Vice Director. Dr. Previdoli will participate in the final keynote panel to discuss the chances of renewable energies from regional to European level. In particular, he will outline the role of the Swiss Federation: What can be done and how can it be done within Switzerland? Heinz Rieder, President of the community of St.Antönien, Switzerland Heinz Rieder is president of the community of St.Antönien, where Switzerland's largest solar power plant will be built. At the 2. St.Gallen Forum, Heinz Rieder speaks in Workshop 6 "Successful Business Models for Solar Energy - before and after grid parity". CV is coming soon. Regula Ritter, Head Research, responsAbility, Switzerland Regula Ritter's role at responsAbility is the implementation of new product ideas and the analysis of new social investment themes. Regula Ritter's experience combines training in environmental sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and more than ten years as a professional analyst in the financial services industry. Prior to joining responsAbility in 2004, she was Senior Analyst for Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare at SAM Sustainable Asset Management, and played a key role in setting up the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. Subsequently she worked as a senior advisor at onValues, heading research projects related to sustainable finance. At the 2. St.Gallen Forum, she will contribute to Workshop 5 "Doing Good and Earning Money - Swiss Clean Technologies in Developing Countries". Dr. Marc Schmidli, Partner, Corporate Finance, PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, Switzerland Dr. Marc Schmidli, CFA is as Partner responsible for the Corporate Finance Energy & Utility Team from PwC Switzerland. He has been leading industry-specific M&A, financing and valuation projects, with a special focus on Renewables, for more than 50 national and international Energy & Utility companies. In addition, he supports Utility companies and its owners regarding strategic issues in relation to the challenges resulting from the liberalisation of the Energy Markets. Rolf Schumann, Project Head (CEP) Better Place, Germany and Europe Rolf Schumann represents Better Place in Germany, after being Chief Technology Officer for SAP EMEA. Rolf Schumann is a frequent and inspiring speaker at many conferences on innovation, business models and - of course - the already remarkable story of Better Place. Rolf Schumann will provide and impulse speech and discuss with us at the entrepreneuership panel during the 2. St.Gallen Fourm for Management of Renewable Energies. David Stickelberger, Managing Director, Swissolar, Switzerlan Since 1998, David Stickelberger has been the managing director of Swissolar. Swissolar was originally founded as an umbrella organization of different solar associations and is today the Swiss Solar Energy Professionals Association with almost 300 members and a branch office with 4 employees. David Stickelberger studied Geography at the University of Zürich and worked as a community environment consultant. Afterwards, he was responsible at Greenpeace Switzerland for the climate and energy campaign for 5 years. Renato Sturani, Head of the Power Generation Italy/Power Generation West business, Alpiq Group, Switzerland Mr. Renato Sturani is the head of the newly formed business unit of renewable energies within the Alpiq AG. He has 20 years experience in the construction and operation of thermal power plants worldwide and international project experience in the field of renewable energies. Mr. Sturani will present at the workshop "Managing Innovation - Corporate Investments in Renewable Energies" on "Barriers to investment in renewable energy projects". Mary Turner, CEO AlertMe, UK Mary Turner is CEO of AlertMe, a young entrepreneurial firm providing simple and affordable home energy management and connected home services both directly to consumers and indirectly through channel partners such as Utilities, Telecommunications companies and OEMs. Before joining AlertMe, Mary Turner was CEO at Tiscali UK. At the 2. St.Gallen Forum, she will contribute to the entrepreneurship panel speaking about today's potentials of energy efficiency and electronic devices. We are looking forward to also understand how a background in the broadband industry benefits innovation in the energy sector. Lars Willi, Director Business Administration & Area Sales Manager, Trunz Water Systems AG, Switzerland Lars Willi has long experience in industrial ultrasonic technology, moving from there to the water treatment industry. Trunz produces mobile water treatment and desalination systems that are powered using integrated photovoltaics and wind generators. With Trunz, he is responsible for setting up distribution channels to new geographical markets such as Asia and Africa. Lars Willi will be participating as an impulse speaker in Workshop 5 titled "Doing Good and Earning Money - Swiss Clean Technologies in Developing Countries". Peter Vadasz, Mayor Güssing, "European of the week" in 2007, Austria Peter Vadasz (ÖVP) has been Mayor of the City of Güssing since 1992. The city - located in the Austrian Burgenland - became one of the pioneers among renewable based independent energy supply in the 1990s under the leadership of Mr. Vadasz. He will report of the exciting, visionary, and specific development of the energy business and politics in Güssing within the workshop 2: "Consumers change to producers - On the way to regional energy independence" Prof. Dr. Rolf Wüstenhagen, Good Energies Chair for Management of Renewable Energies, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland Prof. Rolf Wüstenhagen heads the Good Energies Chair for Management of Renewable Energies and he is director of the Institute für Economy and the Environment. Before moving into academia, he was a financial analyst at SAM - Sustainable Asset Management. Prof. Wüstenhagen Prof. Wüstenhagen is the host of the 2. St.Gallen Forum for Management of Renewable Energies. During his welcoming and closing remarks, Rolf Wüstenhagen will also present the study of "Customer Satisfaction Renewable Energies".