Speakers at the 4th St.Gallen Forum for Management of Renewable Energies Sigrid Ackermann, BKW FMB Energie AG, Head of the Business Unit Wind International Sigrid Ackermann is head of the business unit Wind International of BKW Group and is responsible for the acquisition and operation of wind farms in Germany and Italy. After a diploma as interpreter and translator Sigrid Ackermann studied law at the University of Berne. She entered the energy business end of 2000 and was head of corporate legal services of BKW Group from 2006 to spring 2012. Peter Arnet, Managing Director Alpiq E-Mobility AG Peter Arnet is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Alpiq E-Mobility Inc. He is responsible for the overall strategy as well as for various projects in context of Smart Grid and Smart Home. Mr. Arnet is Co-Founder of the EVite Initiative, which aims at building a charging infrastructure for E-Mobility in Switzerland. He has long standing experiences in the energy sector. Sylviane Chassot – University of St.Gallen Sylviane Chassot is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Economy and the Environment at the University of St.Gallen. She analyses renewable energy investment decision-making and the influence of policy frameworks. Sylviane Chassot studied Economics at HEC Lausanne. Currently she stays as a research fellow at the Psychological Institute of the Technical University in Trondheim (Norway). Gérard Fischer, CEO and chairman of the Swisscanto Group Executive Board Gérard Fischer, 53, has been the CEO of the Swisscanto Group for almost ten years and is currently Vice-President of the Swiss Funds Association (SFA). After studying economics, his professional career began in 1985 as a financial and investment adviser for the Swiss Bank Corporation (today UBS). Between 1989 and 1999, Fischer worked at Bank Vontobel, initially in Private Banking, before moving into funds and institutional business. In 1999, this was taken over by Scudder Investment. After the takeover of this group by Deutsche Bank, he was appointed Representative of the Board of Directors of Deutsche Asset Management Switzerland (DWS). Peter Forster, journalist and editor, World Radio Switzerland Peter Forster is a journalist and editor for World Radio Switzerland. He currently oversees and provides editorial direction for the news team. He also hosts Business Insight, a programme on the role of innovation in Switzerland. Dr. Svenja Frenzel, Vice President Distributed Energies and Country Strategy E.ON Germany Since 2012 Svenja Frenzel is responsible for Distributed Energies and Country Strategy at E.ON Germany. Previously she was responsible for several strategy and business development projects at E.ON Vertrieb Deutschland, including a market testing division for innovations. Before her start within the E.ON group in 2009 Svenja Frenzel studied economics at the University of Augsburg, completed her MBA at the University of Dayton, Ohio (USA) and her PhD at the University of Cologne. She also worked as a financial advisor at Dresdner Bank for three years. Besides several scientific prizes she won the Best Paper Award of 23rd Colloquium of European Group for Organizational Studies Wien (Austria) in 2007. Frédéric Gastaldo, CEO of Swisscom Energy Solutions AG, Swisscom AG Frédéric Gastaldo began his professional career in 1988 at UGINE, a French-US stainless steel manufacturer, before switching in 1994 to the Boston Consulting Group Paris Office. In 1997 he joined Cegetel Entreprises (Vivendi Group) in France as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In late 1998 he joined the Louis Dreyfus Group to become CEO and co-founder of Louis Dreyfus Communications (Neuf Telecom). In 2003 Frédéric Gastaldo joined Swisscom to found and successfully develop Swisscom Hospitality Services, an international specialty provider of Internet services for hotels and conference centers. He has since then held various positions within the Swisscom Group, among others member of Swisscom Switzerland Executive Board, being in charge of Strategy and Innovation. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Swisscom Directories and local.ch and the CEO of Swisscom Energy Solutions AG. Frédéric Gastaldo holds a Master of Science degree from the Ecole Polytechnique, Paris and an Engineering M.Sc. degree from the Ecole des Mines, Paris. Anjan Ghosh, Senior General Manager, Tata Power Solar, India Anjan Ghosh has been actively involved with the energy sector - generation, distribution and application areas. He has a wide experience across functions in planning, operations, strategy, business development, sales and marketing - for products, projects, solutions and services. Anjan Ghosh has been with Tata Power Solar (erstwhile Tata BP Solar) for the last 7 years as Head of Sales and Marketing and now leads the growing large projects business for the company. He is an Electrical Engineer from the premier Indian Institute of Technology with over 25 years of industry experience. Tobias Griesshaber, RWE Innogy GmbH Tobias Griesshaber leads a technical innovation team in the offshore wind park IN1 (332 MW), that RWE Innogy develops in the German North Sea. Tobias joined the wind industry after graduating from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Business Engineering in the year 2010. During his curriculum, he spent two semesters at the University of Technology Sydney. He also is co-founder of the entrepreneurial student's club PionierGarage, which provides a platform for start-ups at his home university. At the ETH Zurich's Chair of Sustainability and Technology, Tobias gained co-authorship in a Research Policy publication that sheds light on the effects of policy support on innovation in the PV industry. Ben Hill, President Trina Solar Europe Mr. Hill is President of Trina Solar Europe & North Africa since July 2012 but has been serving Trina Solar since 2009 as Vice President and global Head of Sales & Marketing. Prior to joining Trina Solar, he was working at BP Solar first in the position of Sales & Marketing Director Europe, Africa & Middle East, Regional Sales Director North Europe and finally as the Regional Director Europe managing the overall business in Europe and directing the sales and marketing teams in South Europe. Previously, he worked at Sollatek Ltd as Division Manager in DC Lighting, Battery Control and Solar. Ben Hill began his career by founding his own business, Hiltec Ltd, managing the design, marketing and installation of photovoltaic solar systems. Dominic Hofstetter, VP of Business Development, Electrochaea Dominic Hofstetter is leading the business development efforts of Electrochaea, a cleantech start-up developing a novel and disruptive technology for the grid-scale energy storage market. Before joining Electrochaea, Dominic had worked for more than 12 years in the financial industry, most notably for Credit Suisse and Hudson Clean Energy Partners, a London-based private equity firm focused on the renewable energy sector. He has conducted research on a wide range of topics in the sustainability and cleantech sectors for organizations such as Cleantech Switzerland, Greentech Media, and the Carbon War Room. Dominic has an MBA in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford. Prof. Mark Z. Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Director, Atmosphere Energy Program, Stanford University, USA Mark Z. Jacobson is Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment and Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering, an A.B. in Economics, and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, in 1988, as well as an M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences in 1991 and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences in 1994 from UCLA. He has been on the faculty at Stanford since 1994. He develops and applies numerical models to investigate the effects of energy systems and vehicles on climate & air pollution, and analyzes renewable energy resources. He has published two textbooks and 130 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles. He co-authored a 2009 cover article in Scientific American with Dr. Mark DeLucchi of U.C. Davis on how to power the world with renewable energy and has served on the Energy Efficiency & Renewables Advisory Committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy. Theo Joos, Chairman of the Board, Trianel Suisse AG Theo Joos has a degree in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration, as well as an Executive MBA. During thirteen years he worked in the energy industry, first in a senior sales position at Swiss Mountain Power and ewz, and now since more than seven years as CEO of Rhiienergie AG. Since 2008 Theo Joos is member of the Executive Board of Trianel Suisse AG, which he leads since 2012. Before joining the energy industry Theo Joos worked as Key Account Manager at Swisscom, for which he also worked at the Malaysian Mutiara Telecom in Kuala Lumpur. He then worked on the building of the then-new DiAx telecommunications company in Switzerland. In addition Theo Joos is a member of the Canton Grisons Parliament and its permanent Commission for the Environment, Transport and Energy. Dr. Kurt Kaltenegger, Head of Technology ABB Technology Ventures, ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd Kurt Kaltenegger received his PhD in Physics from Montanistic University Leoben Austria, was assistant professor at the University, joined ABB 1991 as R&D Manager for HV Technology, was Head of Power Lab at ABB Switzerland, Global Technology Manager for ABB MV Technology Development and Head of 12 ABB Technology Centers worldwide, spend 3 years in China, Beijing as Head of the ABB Research Center and CTO ABB China, and joined early 2010 ABB Technology Ventures where he was involved in 11 equity investment deals so far. Kurt Kaltenegger holds more than 30 patents, was awarded for different technical publications, was frequently invited speaker at different conferences worldwide, was regular member of CIGRE Study Committee for Distributed Generation, and Pehla executive member over 4 years and was appointed to the advisory board of Souzhou University. Dr. Maryam Kamgarpour, ETH Zurich Maryam is a Postdoctoral fellow at the Automatic Control Laboratory at ETH in Zurich. She received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior she obtained a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California and a B.A.S. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Brian F. Keane, President of SmartPower and Author of Green Is Good: Make Money, Save Money and Help Your Community Profit From Clean Energy Brian F. Keane is President of SmartPower and author of Green Is Good: Save Money, Make Money, and Help Your Community Profit From Clean Energy. (Lyons Press, 2012). He is a leading voice on clean energy, energy efficiency and the environment. As President of SmartPower, a Washington, DC-based marketing agency dedicated to promoting clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency, Keane has helped shape the energy debate in the United States and brought clean energy and energy efficiency to the American consumer. Andreas Knobloch, VP Business Development Strategic Area Energy, Deutsche Telekom Andreas Knobloch heads the strategy and business development department of Deutsche Telekom’s Strategic Market Energy. The business unit provides a range of smart energy ICT platforms and solutions for utilities and corporate customers. Prior to joining Deutsche Telekom in 2011, Andreas Knobloch worked as a strategy consultant in the smart energy and ICT space, and served as the CFO of a software start-up company in Silicon Valley. He holds a BSc Management and an MSc International Finance from the London School of Economics. Urs Peter Koller, Entrepreneur and Investor Up until four years ago, Peter Koller was the majority shareholder and president of HRS Real Estate Ltd. During more than 25 years with HRS he was involved in large construction projects throughout Switzerland. Projects include: the FIFA headquarters in Zürich, the AFG Arena in St. Gallen, the Postfinance Arena in Bern and many more. Currently he is President of Remi Finanz- und Verwaltungs Ltd. Remi is active in the following sectors: Solar energy, Aviation, Construction, Hotels and the Diamond Trade. Dr. Martin Kröner, Partner, Munich Venture Partners Martin Kröner was co-founder and CEO of agnion Energy Inc., a supplier of distributed energy plants to convert woody biomass into electrical power and natural gas. He built up the company to one of the leaders in this space and successfully completed several financing rounds with renowned investors, such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Wellington Partners and Waste Management Inc.. Prior to agnion, Mr. Kröner worked at Linde Engineering, world’s leading supplier of technical gases and is one of the most profitable engineering companies. Amongst other projects he was member of the R&D team developing green hydrogen production using the biodiesel byproduct Glycerine. Prior to Linde, Martin Kröner built up Thermotec Engineering Services, a spin off from the Technical University of Munich. Martin Kröner holds a M.Sc. in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in combustion engineering from the Technical University in Munich. During his industry career he made several inventions reflected in 10 international patent applications. Urs Leuthard, Managing Editor Tagesschau, Schweizer Radio und Schweizer Fernsehen SRF Urs Leuthard is managing editor of the “Tagesschau” on Swiss radio and television (SRF). Since 2002 he also chairs the voting and election broadcasts on Swiss television. From 2008 to early 2012 Leuthard moderated the political and economic magazine "Rundschau". From 2002 to 2008 he was managing editor and moderator of the political discussion "Arena". Previously, Urs Leuthard worked at Cash-TV, TeleZüri and Tele24 (deputy editor in chief). Urs Leuthard studied psychology, journalism and social and preventive medicine. After his first work as trainer in healthcare and editor in the communication of a major bank he went into journalism in 1997. Dr. rer. nat. Joachim Luther, Professor emeritus, Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE Joachim Luther has over thirty years of experience in physics and renewable energies. Main focus: solar electricity generation, solar and energy efficient buildings and sustainable energy systems. Since 1993 he was full professor for solid state physics and solar energy at the University of Freiburg and in parallel to this director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE). In 2008 he became founding director of the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS).Today he is Visiting Professor at SERIS and Director Emeritus at Fraunhofer ISE. Dr. Remo Lütolf, Country Manager, ABB Switzerland Ltd Remo Lütolf is a Swiss citizen and has been working for ABB in different management positions in Asia and Europe since 1999. Mr. Lütolf began his career as manager of the local business unit Power Electronics and has been manager of the global business unit Power Electronics and Medium Voltage Drives in Turgi, Switzerland, since 2004. In addition, he served from 2005 to 2008 as region manager of the Automation Products division of ABB North Asia with headquarters in China. Remo Lütolf is a graduate electrical engineer of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and completed his studies with a PhD in engineering sciences (Dr. sc. techn.) in Zurich. He also has an Executive MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. Prof. Dr. John Lygeros, Head of the Automatic Control Laboratory, ETH Zurich John Lygeros grew up in Athens, Greece where he graduated from Athens College in 1987. He completed a B.Eng. degree in electrical engineering in 1990 and an M.Sc. degree in Systems Control in 1991, both at the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, London, U.K.. In 1996 he obtained a Ph.D. degree from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department, University of California, Berkeley. In the period 1996-2000 he held a series of research appointments at the National Automated Highway Systems Consortium, M.I.T., and U.C. Berkeley. In parallel, he also worked as a part-time research engineer at SRI International, Menlo Park, California, and as a Visiting Professor at the Department of Mathematics of the Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France. Between July 2000 and March 2003 he was a University Lecturer at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, U.K., and a Fellow of Churchill College. Between March 2003 and July 2006 he was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Patras, Greece. In July 2006 he joined ETH Zurich, where he is currently serving as the Head of the Automatic Control Laboratory and the Professor for Computation and Control. His research interests include modeling, analysis, and control of stochastic and hybrid systems, with applications to biochemical networks, large-scale systems such as automated highways and air traffic management. John Lygeros is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the IET and the Technical Chamber of Greece. Moritz Meenen, CEO ElectricFeel Mobility Systems GmbH Moritz Meenen is founder and CEO of the Electric Feel GmbH. The ETH Zürich spin-off develops intelligent E-Bike rental systems. The industrial engineer studied in Karlsruhe, at the M.I.T and at the MIT-Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, focusing on renewables energies and entrepreneurship. Christina Meier, Head of SBB Sustainability Christina Meier manages SBB's Sustainability unit and is responsible for Group-level strategy, governance and communication in this field. Before joining SBB, she spent fourteen years in the marketing and communications unit of a Swiss energy firm with an international outlook. Besides her professional activities, the qualified economist and communication specialist was politically active at various levels for many years. lic.oec/lic.iur HSG Manuel Meier, CEO, Zurich Global Corpoarte Switzerland Manuel Meier is Chief Executive Officer of Global Corporate Switzerland at Zurich Insurance Group, a leading global insurance company headquartered in Zurich. He leads a team of roughly 200 insurance specialists serving corporate customers in Switzerland. He joined Zurich Insurance Group in 2005 and has held several roles within the organization. Prior to his current role, Manuel worked in Broker Relationship Management in New York City and was a Research Assistant at the University of St. Gallen. He started his career as a broker with Kessler & Co, the leading Swiss insurance broker and Marsh’s affiliate in Switzerland. Manuel holds a Master’s Degree in Law and an Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen. Urs Näf, economiesuisse, Deputy of Head of Infrastructure, Energy & Environment After his studies in economics, Urs Näf began his professional qualification in a major Swiss Bank. Afterwards, he took up a career at the Federal Office of Energy FOEn, where he was inter alia responsible for the promotion of renewable energies. Finally as member of the managerial staff of FOEn he was in charge of international issues as the bilateral energy agreement Switzerland-EU. Since 2005 he has been working for economiesuisse, where he is in charge of the energy and environment policy dossier. Christoph Ott, architect and concepteer, Bern, Member of the board of the BVZ Holding AG, Member of the board of the S.E.TRACK AG Since 30 years Christoph Ott leads his own architecture and interior design firm. Due to international mandates Swissconcept AG was founded 15 years ago to supplement architectural needs in pioneering visual communication and electronic media. Christoph Ott has been a member of the BVZ Holding AG for four years. This holding includes such renowned firms as the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn or the Gornergrat Bahn. For this railway company Christoph Ott developed the energy-vision „MGE Matterhorn Gotthard Energie“. A visionary major project describing integration of renewable energies into railway infrastructure. This specific project is currently being implemented. Christoph Ott is co-founder of the S.E.TRACK AG, a company specialized to develop concepts in renewable energy based on existent infrastructures. Simon Pernisch, advisor on investing/financing, Raiffeisen Switzerland Simon Pernisch has been employed at Raiffeisen Switzerland since 2008 and is responsible for a client base of some 600 individuals as private clients. He advises his clients on investing, financing and retirement planning. He specialises in particular in the financing of energy-efficient residential property and sustainable building weatherisation. He has previously held various positions in the lending and investment side of retail banking, where he gained the professional knowledge required for his current wide-ranging support role. Simon Pernisch holds Swiss qualifications as a banker, insurance specialist and as a financial planner. Roland Pfeuti, Senior Investment Director, RobecoSAM AG Roland Pfeuti, Senior Investment Director, is responsible for managing the RobecoSAM Clean Growth Private Equity’s overall investment strategy and is a member of the Allocation and Advisory Committees. Mr. Pfeuti joined the team from Bank Julius Bär where he was responsible for the development and the management of both listed and non-listed investment products in the energy, infrastructure and climate sectors. Previously, he spent six years at RobecoSAM as Head of Energy Investment Products and as a principal of RobecoSAM in the private equity field, two years of which were spent in Australia. Between 1991 and 2000, he worked for Credit Suisse/Credit Suisse First Boston in the infrastructure and energy sectors in New York and London. He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences in Basel. Karin Schulte, Business Development Manager M-Way AG Karin Schulte is responsible for Business Development at M-Way. She has studied Environmental Sciences at ETH Zürich and has long track record in sustainability and mobility. Among others, she was Vice President City Development Zürich with a focus on sustainable mobility as well as Head of Sustainability at Swiss Post. Dr. Christian Schütz, Partner, b-to-v Partners AG Dr. Christian Schütz, Ph.D is a Partner at b-to-v Partners AG. He is responsible for Fund raising and management, deal structuring and reporting of portfolio companies since 2003. He leads the b-to-v Core Groups in Cleantech and Medtech and is responsible for nine b-to-v investments in both areas. Dr. Schütz has a Doctorate in Banking and Finance from the European Business School (ebs), Germany. He wrote his thesis on “Exit Strategies of Business Angels”. Dr. Christoph Sutter, Axpo Power AG, Member of the executive management, Head Asset Development Christoph Sutter is a member of the management board, and Head of Asset Development at Axpo Power AG. In his position he is responsible for the development and the acquisition of new power plants. Before his employment at Axpo he was co-founder and CEO of South Pole, a globally active project development company. Prior to that he worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey. Christoph Sutter has done his PhD on the subject of sustainability assessment of energy projects at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Robert Weber, EMPA, Building Science and Technology Laboratory After the apprenticeship in a paper mill, Robert Weber did the matura and studied mechanical engineer at ETH Zurich with the main topics system control and renewable energy. After entering the Empa Robert Weber dealt with thermal building simulation, the development of software modules for building simulation as well as consulting and services in the field of energetic building systems. He was involved in different research projects as for the Minergie standard, vacuum insulation for HVAC products, heating concepts with fuel cells, solar air dehumidification, and polygeneration (heat, cooling and power). He is currently project leader for the liquid absorption storage in the EU project COMTES which investigates seasonal heat storage. In the NEST project Robert Weber is responsible for the technology part. Prof. Dr. Rolf Wüstenhagen, Good Energies Chair for Management of Renewable Energies, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland Prof. Rolf Wüstenhagen is a Director of the Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWÖ-HSG) and holds the Good Energies Chair for Management of Renewable Energies at the University of St. Gallen. He graduated in Management Science and Engineering (TU Berlin) and holds a PhD in Business. His thesis was on “Venturing for Sustainable Energy”. In 2005, 2008 and 2011, respectively, he held visiting faculty positions at University of British Columbia (Vancouver), Copenhagen Business School, and National University Singapore. He embarked on an academic career after retiring from one of the leading European energy venture capital funds. From 2004-2010 he was a member of the Federal Energy Research Commission (CORE). Since 2011, he is a member of the advisory board for the Swiss government’s energy strategy 2050. Professor Wüstenhagen is the academic director of St. Gallen University’s executive education programme in Renewable Energy Management.