Domain I: Generation, Devices and Advanced Materials

Giovanni Cascante
Department of Civil and Environment Engineering
Dr. Cascante is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is a member of the following associations: Professional Engineers Ontario, American Society of Civil Engineers, Canadian Society of Geotechnical Engineers, Environmental and Engineering.Geophysical Society, Venezuelan Society of Seismic Engineering
Siva Sivoththaman
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo
Dr. Sivoththaman received the PhD degree from the University of Paris (France) in 1993. After his PhD he worked at the Interuniversity Micro Electronic Center - IMEC (Belgium) as a Senior Research Scientist for 6 years. In year 2000 he joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of the University of Waterloo as an Associate Professor and became Full Professor in 2007. Dr. Sivoththaman received the Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award in 2002. He has served as the first Director of University of Waterloo's Nanotechnology Engineering Program during the period 2004-2006. Dr. Sivoththaman has held an NSERC Associate Industrial Research Chair in Radio Frequency (RF) Engineering and Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) during 2002-2006. At present Dr. Sivoththaman holds the Ontario Research Chair for Renewable Energy Technologies and Health. He is also the Director of the Centre for Advanced Photovoltaic Devices and Systems (CAPDS) at Waterloo. Dr. Sivoththaman is a Senior Member of the IEEE.
Eric Prouzet
Department of Chemistry
The main research area of Pr. Eric Prouzet in sustainable energy, are: (i) synthesis of porous materials that can be used or integrated into electrodes for energy storage - batteries, supercapacitors -, (ii) preparation of membranes for separation of CO2 from flue gas, (iii) cleaning of flue gas before CO2 separation or chemical scrubbing, (iv) bioconversion of CO2 by microalgae - Pr. Prouzet was co-founder and CSOuntil 2011 of Prodal-G Inc. for the development of an industrial platform for the bioconversion of CO2, Founder of Synapse-ID, a Cie working in Science consulting and education, and co-founder, CEO and Pdt of Science Enriched Publishing Inc., a company created in 2013 to develop a new approach in scientific publishing.
Sebastian Manchester
Jaza Energy
Sebastian Manchester is a Chief Technology Officer at Jaza Energy in Tanzania/Canada. He is: - Working to power the last billion @ Jaza. - Mechanical engineer by training (Dalhousie BEng ’12, MASc ‘14), technologist at large. Responsible for product development, engineering, supply chain and logistics, and technical operations at Jaza. - Building a network of solar powered community infrastructure in Tanzania, powering over 4000 homes and businesses. - Other interests include electric mobility, internet-of-things, distributed systems, electrification of everything.
Avishek Malla
SunFarmer Nepal
Avishek Malla is social entrepreneur, with extensive hands-on experience in Renewable Energy in Nepal and International markets. His experience includes various roles in industry, government, and academia. He has been a pioneer in the development of solar Photovoltaic (PV) Nepal, he has introduced “Rent to Own” solar energy services in rural health, education and agriculture. He has also authored several solar PV related papers and publications and has been key member to developing national technical standards and policies on solar PV. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Diploma in Management from Kathmandu University and Postgraduate Diploma in Energy and Environment, Master’s degree in Renewable Energy from Murdoch University, Australia. He is gold medallist for academic excellence, awarded by former King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev and currently Australian Endeavour Awards Ambassador for Nepal Education and Experience: MSc. Renewable Energy, Endeavour Awardee More than 10 years of experience in government, Acamedics, NGO and private sector. Core Expertise: Renewable energy technology Social Entreprise Current area of focus: Solar PV , production end use, Agriculture management Future areas of work that you are interested in pursuing Integrated Agro and energy business
Linda Nazar
Department of Chemistry
Professor Linda Nazar is a faculty member of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo, and is cross appointed to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prof. Nazar, holder of a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Solid State Materials since 2004, has focused her research on developing new materials for energy storage and conversion for the past 15 years. She has published over 175 papers, review articles and patents in the field which were cited over 17600 times in 2015.
Yuning Li
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo
Professor Yuning Li in the Department of Chemical Engineering is working on nanomaterials/electronic materials for organic electronic applications with emphases on following topics: -Organic semiconductors for Organic Thin Film Transistors (OTFTs) -Semiconductors for Organic Photovoltaics (OPV) -Printable conductors for various electronics
Kumaraswamy Ponnambalam
Department of Systems Design Engineering
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Maurice Dusseault
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Maurice carries out research in coupled problems in geomechanics, oil production, and novel deep waste disposal technologies. Geomechanics issues in CO2 sequestration, hydraulic fracturing, well leakage mechanisms, steam injection, biosolids injection, and THM coupling issues are current interests. He holds 10 patents and has co-authored two textbooks with John Franklin (former ISRM President, deceased 2012) as well as 480 full text conference and journal articles. Maurice works with governments and industry as an advisor and professional instructor in petroleum geomechanics. He was a Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer in 2002-2003, visiting 19 countries and 28 separate SPE sections, speaking on New Oil Production Technologies. He teaches a number of professional short courses in subjects such as production approaches, petroleum geomechanics, waste disposal, and sand control, presented in 20 different countries in the last 10 years.
Raffy Concepcion
Solar Solutions Philippines
Raffy Concepcion is one of the cofounders of SolarSolutions Inc. SolarSolutions Inc. focuses on community-based and disaster relief renewable energy systems with positive social, environmental, and economic impact. Raffy's background and interests are focused on engineering, human-centered design, and environmental science. Who you are and what motivates you? I am one of the original founders of the company and currently its general manager. My motivation is really the positive social and environmental impact that we’re able to do through our organization. Your educational and professional history? I am an electronics and communications engineer with a masters degree in technology management. I have spent most of my working career in the IT industry and more recently in the renewable energy / environmental space. Your current areas of focus / current projects? We are working on a model for our solar energy stations that address under electrification and disaster preparedness issues in our country Future areas of work that you are interested in pursuing Large scale community electrification through renewable energy, energy storage, environmental impacts, progressive and adaptive measures to address climate change
Roydon Fraser
Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo
Dr. Fraser is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo, where he also co-supervises the University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team. His research interests include: alternative fuels, exergy analysis of energy conversion systems, in-cylinder combustion diagnostics and engineering, life cycle analysis, thermodynamics of ecosystems, vehicle fleet/power plant/industry emissions impacts (local and regional), and window thermal performance modelling
Peter Lund
Aalto University
Peter Lund works on future energy questions. He is particularly interested in multidisciplinary approaches in energy. Energy transitions, smart urban energy, and nanoenergy are his current research themes. He is active internationally and holds several positions of trust.
Thomas Leibfried
Institute of Electric Energy Systems and High-Voltage Technology (IEH)

Karim Karim
Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Waterloo
rofessor Karim Karim has received the 2009 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Science to Business Fellowship, the 2008 Ontario Early Researcher Award, the 2004 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Doctoral Prize and Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS)/University Microfilms International (UMI) Award for the Best Doctoral Thesis in Science and Medicine in Canada for his work on large area digital medical imaging technology. Karim’s research group is investigating large-area circuit, device and process development using amorphous selenium, polycrystalline silicon and Complementary-symmetry Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor (CMOS) semiconductor technologies.
Steve Katsaros
Nokero Solar
Steve Katsaros's life has been filled with innovation from a young age. Steve began his career in his late teens with the invention of several commercial products for the ski industry. His first brush with "impact inventing" came in 2002 with RevoPower, a motorized wheel for bicycles. In early 2010, he came up with another bright idea – a simple, portable solar light bulb with the potential to revolutionize life for the 1.4 billion people in the world who live without access to electricity. Five months after his first sketch, Steve launched Nokero and has been on a solar lighting mission ever since. Steve has a BS in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) from Purdue University, is a patent agent registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office, and was a non-degree seeking student at the Bard Center of Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado from 1998-1999. He received the B.F. Goodrich Collegiate Inventors Award in 1995 and was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Mechanical Engineer Award from Purdue University.
Thomas Blank
Institute for Data Processing and Electronics (IPE), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Bryce Richards
Institute of Microstructure Technology, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology
Professor Dr. Bryce Richards is Co-Director of Institute for Microstructure Technology (IMT) and holds the Professorship of Nanophotonics for Energy at the Light Technology Institute (LTI). His fields of experience are: Renewable Energy Powered Water Treatment, especially (a) Solar/wind powered brackish water desalination systems based on hybrid ultrafiltration (UF) and nanofiltration (NF) membranes for remote areas, (b) batteryless renewable energy technology, (c) supercapacitor energy buffering; and next generation photovoltaic technologies.
Andreas Wagner
Department of Architecture, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Wagner holds the Chair of Building Physics and Technical Building Services. His fields of expertise are: Integrated energy concepts for buildings, assessment of indoor environment quality and building energy performance, thermal comfort in buildings and occupant behavior.
Judith Elsner
International Department, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Dr.-Ing. Judith Elsner is the Managing Director of the International Department gGmbH at KIT, as well as the Managing Director of several Schools: Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics, HECTOR School of Engineering and Management, Helmholtz International Research School of Teratronics, Carl Benz School of Engineering, and Hector Fellow Academy. Her expertise lies in science management, optics & photonics, energy engineering & management, production engineering, industry 4.0, quality management, TQM, project management, and micro systems technology.
Christian Koos
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Christian Koos is a professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics (IPQ) since 2010. He received the Dipl.-Ing. (M.Tech.) and the Dr.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, in 2002 and 2007, respectively. From 2007 to 2008, he carried out post-doctoral research at the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics, University of Karlsruhe, where he pioneered nanophotonic silicon-organic hybrid (SOH) devices. From 2008 to 2010, he was leading the technology radars "Nanotools and Nanometrology" and “Metrology” within the Corporate Research and Technology department of Carl Zeiss AG, Germany. Prof. Dr. Koos' expertise lies in energy-efficient information and communication technology, high-speed telecommunications, photonics and teratronics.
Jean Etourneau
Institute for Condensed Matter Chemistry, University of Bordeaux
Main fields of research : Solid State Chemistry and Materials Sciences -Boron and boride chemistry (synthesis and study of the physical properties) -Rare-earth and actinide-based intermetallic compounds (synthesis and study of the physical properties) -Conventional and high Tc superconductors (synthesis and study of the physical properties) -Materials chemistry in supercritical fluid media.
Andreas G. Class
Institute of Nuclear and Energy Technologies (IKET), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Andreas Class is the Director of the AREVA Nuclear Professional School and Professor at both the Institute of Nuclear and Energy Technologies (IKET). He is Lecturer at the Institute of Fluid Mechanics (ISTM). His areas of expertise are: thermohydraulics, computational fluid dynamics, system codes, combustion, nuclear engineering, and wind energy.
Georg Mueller
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Prof. Dr. Georg Müller is KIT-Professor at the KIT-Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology (IHM). His expertise is in the field of: Advanced materials and devices, liquid metal technologies, energetic use of biomass, pulse power, plasma and charge particle beams systems, material processing.
Mathias Noe
Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Prof. Dr. Mathias Noe is the Director of the Institute of Technical Physics (ITEP) and Spokesperson of the Helmholtz Programme Storage and Cross-linked Infrastructures. He is President of the European Society for Applied Superconductivity (ESAS). His expertise is in the fields of: Energy storage and system integration, energy system technology, Energy System 2050 & Energy Lab 2.0, applied superconductivity, and fusion research.
Thomas Wetzel
Department Chemical and Process Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Wetzel holds the Chair of Heat and Mass Transfer at the Institute of Thermal Process Engineering (TVT), he is Head of the Karlsruhe Liquid Metal Laboratory (KALLA) at IKET. His expertise is in the fields: heat and mass transfer research - particularly complex heat transfer in single and multiphase flows, thermal and electrochemical energy storage, renewable energy - especially solar thermal, experience in chemical and process industry as well as automotive industry.
Michael Aziz
John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
Michael J. Aziz received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard in 1983. He spent two years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as Eugene P. Wigner Postdoctoral Fellow. He has been a member of the faculty at what is now the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences since he joined in 1986 and is now Gene and Tracy Sykes Professor of Materials and Energy Technologies. Aziz has made significant contributions to a number of fields in applied physics and materials science. His recent research interests include novel materials and processes for energy technology and greenhouse gas mitigation. He is co-inventor of the organic aqueous flow battery and directs a multi-investigator research program on stationary electrical energy storage. He is the Faculty Coordinator for Harvard's University-Wide Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment, for which he developed a quantitative course on Energy Technology for a group of students in diverse disciplines. He is authoring a textbook, "Introduction to Energy Technology: Depletable and Renewable", to be published by Wiley-VCH.
Wilhelm Schabel
Institute of Thermal Process Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Wilhelm Schabel has the Professorship for Thin Film Technology (TFT) at the Institute of Thermal Process Engineering (TVT). He is currently an ISCST Director and organizes the next biennial series of European Coating Symposia. His expertise is in the fields of: Processing of advanced energy materials, energy storage in thin films, battery production technology, energy harvesting in organic solar cells, analytical techniques and numerical simulation tools for industrial film drying applications, large scale R2R production for energy applications.
Thomas Schulenberg
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schulenberg is currently the Head of the Institute for Nuclear and Energy Technologies (IKET) at KIT. He is the Spokesperson of the KIT Energy Centre which groups the expertise of some 1250 energy experts as one of the largest energy research centers in Europe. His expertise and areas of study include: nuclear power plants, coal fired power plants and gas turbines.
John Jelonnek
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. John Jelonnek is currently the Director of the Institute of Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology (IHM) at KIT and Professor at the Institute of High Frequency Technology and Electronics (IHE). His areas of expertise include: energy efficient industrial processes for production of lightweight materials, (CFK) for e-mobility and wind energy, and efficient processes for energy conversion and storage.
Volker Saile
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Volker saile is currently the Head of Division V 'Physics and Mathematics' (BL5) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. His expertise include: key technologies: microsystems technology, nanotechnology, optics & photonics, commercialization of micro,nano and emerging technologies; particle accelerators and applications of synchrotron radiation; condensed matter, and surface physics.
Helmut Ehrenberg
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Helmut Ehrenberg is the Director of the Institute of Applied Materials - Energy Storage Systems (IAM-ESS) in addition to holding the position of Chair for Materials for Novel Energy Storage Systems in Inorganic Chemistry. His expertise includes: materials science, lifetime and fatigue of energy storage devices, energy storage and conversion for electromobility, and synthesis and characterization of energy materials.
Frank Schilling
Institute of Applied Geosciences, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Prof. Dr. Robert (Frank) Schilling has the Chair of Technical Petrophysics at the Institute of Applied Geosciences (AGW), currently he is the Dean for Research of the KIT-Faculty of Civil Engineering, Geo and Environmental Sciences. His expertise include: geotechnics, geological storage of gas (e.g. CCS), geothermal energy, hydrocarbon reservoirs, systematic risk reduction, and new materials.
Horst Hahn
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Prof. Dr. Horst Hahn is the Executive Director of the Institute of Nanotechnology (INT) and Spokesperson of the Science and Technology of Nanosystems Program at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He also holds the title of distinguished Professor at IIT Madras, Chennai, India and a professorship at Herbert Gleiter Institute of Nanosciences at Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, P.R.China. His areas of expertise include: synthesis of nanomaterials, tailored and tunable nanomaterials, nanoglasses, nanomagnetism, characterization methods, mechanical properties, printed electronics, ceramics, battery materials, and electro-chemical energy storage.
Robert Stieglitz
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Prof. Dr.- ing. Stieglitz is the Head of the Institute for Neutron Physics and Reactor Technology (INR), and Chair of Institute for Fusion and Reactor Technology (IFRT). He is Director of the Frederic Joliot Otto Hahn Summer School on Nuclear Reactors. His expertise lies in fusion technology, nuclear safety, solar thermal energy, liquid metal thermal hydraulics instrumentation, energy storage, and system analysis and system dynamics.
Jan Korvink
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Prof. Dr. Jan G. Korvink is currently the Managing Director of the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT). His expertise lies in micro energy harvesting systems, numerical computational modelling and nuclear magnetic resonance. He is an FRSC Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Doris Wedlich
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Doris Wedlich, a biologist from University of Münster with a doctorate in zoology, is Head of Division I ‘Biology, Chemistry, and Process Engineering’ at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where she is responsible for twenty KIT institutes, the KIT Department of Chemistry and Biosciences and the KIT Department of Chemical and Process Engineering as well as the Helmholtz Programme BioInterfaces. From 2001 to 2012, she was Professor in the Zoological Institute at KIT.
Richard McMahon
University of Cambridge
Senior Lecturer, Electrical Eng Division; Member of the CAPE Steering Committee; Member of Advisory Board of the Energy Policy Research Group; Guest Professor at North China Electric Power University Research Areas: Renewable generation of electricity, wind power, wave power, power electronics machine and drives, vascular assist devices Research group: Electronics, Power and Energy Conversion Research interests fall into the following application areas related to clean power and energy efficiency. The first is drive trains for wind power, particularly the development of the brushless doubly fed induction generator as a high reliability, low cost medium speed drive train. The second area is the study of linear machines for wave power generation. In both cases, the research covers the design of the machine itself using both analytical and computational electromagnetic methods, as well as associated power converters and control systems. Wider applications of power electronics include advanced converters for automotive (DC to DC and DC to AC) and distribution network applications (AC to AC), particularly voltage control and energy storage systems. The use of recently developed wide bandgap semiconductor (GaN and SiC) devices is playing an increasing role in converters for these applications. Also utilizing expertise in drives and power electronics is research into blood flow assist devices for patients with chronic heart problems. Energy issues at a broader level are of interest as demonstrated by the involvement in the interdisciplinary ‘Foreseer’ project looking at future issues related to land, water and energy and the ‘Wholesem’ energy studies project.
Hany Aziz
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo
Professor Hany Aziz is renowned for his ground breaking work on studying degradation phenomena in Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLEDs), and many of his publications on the subject are considered among the seminal contributions in the field; several of the publications exceeding the 100 citations milestone. Professor Aziz is working to enable extra slim flat televisions with superior image quality; flexible screens for computers, cell phones, and navigation systems that can be rolled or folded; cheap solar cells that can successfully compete with fossil fuel on economic basis; and low cost disposable consumer electronics. Professor Aziz obtained a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from McMaster University in 1999. Then he worked as a Research Scientist at Xerox Research Centre of Canada for 8 years, where he was involved in conducting and leading research in OLEDs and photoreceptor imaging devices. In 2007, Professor Aziz joined the University of Waterloo as an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering where he held the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)-Dalsa Industrial Research Chair in Organic Light Emitting Devices for Flexible Displays.
Joachim Knebel
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Joachim Knebel, born 1962, educated as a mechanical and nuclear engineer, is Head of Division III ‚Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering‘ at KIT, which comprises 36 institutes, the two KIT-Departments ‘Mechanical Engineering’ and ‘Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies’, as well as the three Helmholtz Programmes ‘Storage and Crosslinked Infrastructures’, ‘Nuclear Waste Disposal and Safety’, and ‘Nuclear Fusion’. Across scientific disciplines and research programmes, he shapes and organises the research and innovation work which is supporting the ‚German Energiewende‘ and the mobility systems of the future. - Within Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (HGF), Joachim Knebel is spokesperson of the Cross-Programme Activity Electromobility; and Contact Person for the Helmholtz Initiative Energy System 2050. - PhD in Theoretical Mechanical Engineering for Karlsruhe Technical University; Professor Honoris Causa of Saint-Petersburg State University; European Science-Culture-Award of the European Foundation for Culture PRO EUROPA.

Domain II: Micro-grids for Dispersed Power

Claudio Cañizares
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research: bifurcation and chaotic phenomena in large nonlinear systems, particularly power systems; electricity markets; power system optimization; integrated energy systems; computer applications to power systems; simulation and modeling of power systems and FACTS controllers. Research chair position supported by a $1.5 million endowment from Hydro One to sponsor the Chair’s research program in support of Hydro One activities, particularly in the areas of Smart Networks and Emerging Industry Infrastructure.
Chris Kanani
University of Southampton

Jatin Nathwani
University of Waterloo
Professor Nathwani is the founding Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) and holds the prestigious Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy at the University of Waterloo. WISE brings together the expertise of 100+ faculty members to develop and implement large-scale multi-disciplinary research projects in collaboration with business, industry, governments and civil society groups. The vision of the Institute is simple: clean energy, accessible and affordable for all. His current focus is on implementing a global change initiative: he is the Co-Director, with Professor Joachim Knebel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), of the consortium ‘Affordable Energy for Humanity (AE4H): A Global Change Initiative’ that comprises 130+ leading energy access researchers and practitioners from 30 institutions and 16 countries. Prior to his appointment at the University in 2007, Professor Nathwani worked in a leadership capacity in the Canadian energy sector over a 30 year period. He brings a unique combination of academic perspectives with extensive experience in the business sector that includes corporate planning and strategy, energy sector policy developments, power system planning, environmental and regulatory affairs and research program management. Professor Nathwani serves on several Boards at the provincial and national levels and has appeared frequently in the media (print, TV, radio) and has over 100 publications related to energy and risk management, including seven books. Professor Nathwani holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.
Robert Stoner
Massachusetts Institute for Technology and Design

Ehab El-Saadany
With ECE Department, University of Waterloo and currently on leave with Khalifa University, Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Prof. El-Saadany is a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair and Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (SMIEEE). His research interests include: Distribution systems operation and control, Power quality issues, Distributed generation; operation, control and interfacing, and Fuel Cell interfacing and load management Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) Micro-power generators Mechatronics
Mohamed Elkadragy
Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (KIT)
Renewable energy scientist and European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) member and work-package coordinator, with about ten years of industrial and applied research related professional experience on an international scale. Holding a master degree in renewable energy and a B.Sc. in electrical engineering. Currently working as a renewable energy scientist at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the main focus of research is renewable energy storage systems development and hybrid Off-Grid Electricity systems.
Kankar Bhattacharya
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
After obtaining his PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi in India, Prof. Bhattacharya served in the faculty of Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India (1993-98); and the Department of Electric Power Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden (1998-2002); he joined the University of Waterloo in 2003. Bhattacharya’s research interests include power system operations, planning and economics, electricity markets, renewable energy sources, demand side management and demand response, and various emerging problems in the smart grid environment. He received the Runner-up Award for “Application of Operations Research to Development” from the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS) in 1996, Best Paper Award at the 2001 IEEE T&D Conference, the Gunnar Engstrom Foundation Award from ABB Sweden in 2001 for his research in power system economics. He is the author of the book- Operation of Restructured Power Systems, Kluwer Academic Publishers (2001). He served as an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2005-2011) and IEEE Power Engineering Letters (2005-2011). Currently he serves on the Editorial Board of Optimization and Engineering (Springer). He is actively involved in Study Committee SC5 of Cigre and serves as the Canadian National Member of Cigre SC C5 and in Working Group C5.18.
Arne Remmen
Aalborg University

Mehrdad Kazerani
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Philipp Blechinger
Reiner Lemoine Institut gGmbH

Doris Saez Hueichapan
Electrical Engineering Department, Universidad de Chile
Doris Sáez Hueichapan (S’93–M’96–SM’05) was born in Panguipulli, Chile. She received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, in 1995 and 2000, respectively. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Chile. She is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems. She is co-author of Springer-Verlag books: “Hybrid Predictive Control for Dynamic Transport Problems” (2013) and “Optimization of Industrial Processes at Supervisory Level: Application to Control of Thermal Power Plants” (2002). Her research fields are predictive control, fuzzy control design, fuzzy identification, control of renewable energy plants. Dr. Sáez is the principal investigator for a project to implement a renewable energy micro-grid in two rural Mapuche indigenous communities in Chile. Information about thios project can be found here:
Aaron Leopold
African Mini-grid Developers Association
Aaron is a thought and action leader in integrated and distributed energy policies, business models and financing tools. He is CEO at the Africa Mini-grid Developers Association and member of multiple strategic advisory bodies on decentralized renewable energy across industry, and climate and energy finance. He is an innovative, analytical thinker with proven leadership and team management skills. He is a strong, charismatic communicator.
Rebekah Shirley
Power for All
Rebekah Shirley is a lead researcher at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), at the University of California, Berkeley where she completed her doctoral studies and previously obtained a MSc. Energy and Resources and a MSc. Civil Engineering. Her doctoral and post-doctoral research focuses on designing integrated modeling frameworks to support long range energy planning in emerging economies. She has worked with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and USAID. Rebekah is also the Director of Research at Power For All, a global education and advocacy initiative founded by energy access practitioners and implementers to advance renewable solutions for universal energy access. Rebekah oversees the development of the Platform for Energy Access Knowledge, an interactive open-access research hub to improve the communication of science on decentralized energy technologies. Rebekah has written widely on integrated energy modeling and energy access. She has published peer-reviewed articles on energy policy and rural electrification in journals such as Ambio, Energy Policy and Ecological Economics. Rebekah is a University of California Chancellor’s Fellow and has won grants in support for her work from organizations such as the DOE and the Rainforest Foundation.
Toby Couture
E3 Analytics

Elham Akhavan
University of Waterloo
Elham Akhavan-Rezai received her PhD in power electrical engineering from University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, 2015. She has 7+ years of experience in different areas of power system operation and planning especially thwe distribution sector. Her research interests include distribution automation, reliability and security analysis, asset management, energy management, demand side management and demand response, smart grids, electric vehicle smart charging, photo-voltaic and solar panels.
Rachel McManus
Earthspark International
Rachel joined the EarthSpark International team in 2012 as Country Director and has since moved to Washington D.C. to serve as Executive Director. Rachel brings to the team vast experience in project management in Haiti and fluent Haitian Creole skills. Having fallen in love with Haiti on a chance vacation in 2007, Rachel has since then been fascinated with its culture and people and been dedicated to being a part of sustainable change and development there ever since. She oversaw the expansion of the Enèji Pwòp brand nationally and now works on streamlining business practices and operational oversight. She has a background in gender, conflict and international development and earned her BA (Hons) in International Studies and MSc in International Conflict from Kingston University. EarthSpark developed its model to scale and multiply the delivery of clean energy technology in Haiti. At the end of 2009, we helped a community organization, in the rural town of Les Anglais, develop a store to supply clean energy technologies, education, and training. The store officially opened in July of 2010, with series of events centered around environmental issues in Haiti. The store is still in operation and EarthSpark has now expanded its programs to introduce "clean energy retail" through its Haitian brand Enèji Pwòp which means "Clean Energy" in Haitian Creole and has also recently launched the first prepay microgrid in Haiti through EKo Pwòp which is short for "Clean Community Electricity" in Haitian Creole.
Susana Arrechea
University of San Carlos of Guatemala
Susana Arrechea holds a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala and a masters and Ph.D. degree in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology from the University of Castilla-La Mancha. She is a Professor at the Engineering Faculty at the University San Carlos of Guatemala. In 2011 she received a scholarship through the Carolina Foundation, the University of Castilla- La Mancha and the University San Carlos of Guatemala to investigate novel materials for third generation solar cells at the Institute of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at the University of Castilla–La Mancha in Toledo, Spain. In 2014 she was selected to participate in the Renewable Energy group of Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program, led by Dr. Daniel M Kammen and Dr. Sergio Pacca. This program bring together a network of researchers from the United States, Brazil and other Western Hemisphere nations, for a series of seminar meetings and multidisciplinary research. Susana is a visiting researcher at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) at the University of California, Berkeley, and she investigates microgrids for rural electrification in Latin America and is being involved in renewable energy systems in Central America as part of the Fulbright NEXUS program.
Jose Lara
Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), University of California Berkeley
Academic and professional experience in power systems control and analysis, energy policy and management of uncertainty in energy operations. Research focused in microgrid control and operation. Broad experience managing teams and working under pressure as Project Engineer involved on Hydro Developments and Electric Vehicle implementation projects. Fluent in English, Spanish and intermediate Portuguese. Main objective is research and development in the energy field particular in Smart Grid applications, facing the challenges for the modern times, where innovation is required to drive new paradigms.
Guillermo Jiménez
Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Chile
Guillermo is an Electrical Engineer from the Colombian School of Engineering , Master and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Chile. He works as a part-time teacher at the university where he received his doctorate. He has helped design micro-grids for the town of Ollagüe , El Romeral and the island of Robinson Crusoe. He has been in charge of various projects of non -conventional renewable energy and has been technical auditor of various generation projects to validate and monitor the clean development mechanism . He participates in the energy research group at the University of Chile and has presented at various international conferences on sustainable development.
Roberto Cárdenas
Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Chile
Roberto Cárdenas (S’ 95-M’97-SM’07) was born in Punta Arenas Chile. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Magallanes, Chile, in 1988 and his Msc. and Ph.D degrees from the University of Nottingham in 1992 and 1996 respectively. From 1989-1991 and 1996-2008 he was a lecturer in the University of Magallanes Chile. From 1991 to 1996 he was with the Power Electronics Machines and Control Group (PEMC group), University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. From 2009-2011 he was a professor in power electronics and drives with the Electrical Engineering Department, University of Santiago de Chile, Chile. He is currently a professor in Power Electronics and Drives at the University of Chile. His main interests are in control of electrical machines, variable speed drives, wind energy ,control of micro-grids and renewable energy systems. Professor Cárdenas is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a reviewer for several IEEE transactions including IEEE Trans. On Power Electronics, IEEE Trans on Energy Conversion and IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics . He received the best paper award in 2005 as the principal author of the best paper published in 2004 in the IEEE TRANS. ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS. He also received the prize “Ramon Salas Edwards” from the Chilean Institute of Engineers as one of the supervisors of the thesis selected as the best Chilean Engineering Thesis of 2009. Roberto Cárdenas is an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANS. ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS and has been Guest Coordinating Editor of Special Issues in the same journal. He has published more than 120 papers in international conferences and journals, with 50 papers published in Scopus journals. According to the Scopus database his current H index is 25 and his work has been cited about 2400 times.
Malcolm McCulloch
Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University
I am an Associate Professor in Engineering Science and a Tutor at Christchurch College. In 1993 I moved to The University of Oxford to start up the Electrical Power Group. Climate change, resource depletion and social inequity are the big challenges facing our civilisation. The group’s focus has now changed to developing, and commercialising, sustainable energy technologies. I have active research programmes in the four sectors of developing world, domestic energy use, transport and renewable generation. Developing new technologies to meet the need of providing sustainable electricity to the 1.3 billion people without access to electricity provides a triple benefit – the end users benefit from the provision of the service, lack of large incumbents means rapid deployment and these technologies are relevant to developing world. The approach taken is to deeply understand the end users current and future needs and capabilities and then to develop an energy system that grows with the end-user. Specific projects include the dual use of DC and AC in the home, the use of batteries as energy distribution and the use of effective thermal energy stores. Roles: Head of Energy and Power Group at the University of Oxford Associate Professor, Dept Engineering Science, Oxford University Official Student in Engineering Science, Christ Church, Oxford Director of ICERT Non-executive Director West Oxford Community Renewables Founder and Non-exec Director of Navetas Founder and Non-exec Director of Yasa Motors Founder and Non-exec Drirector of Kepler Energy
Rodrigo Palma Behnke
Solar Energy Research Center, Universidad de Chile
Rodrigo Palma-Behnke received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. on Electrical Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a Dr.-Ing. from the University of Dortmund, Germany. He is associate professor at the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Chile. His research field is the planning and operation of electrical systems in competitive power markets, renewable energy, smartgrids, and power system education. He is with the Energy Center, FCFM, University of Chile (, and Director of the Solar Energy Research Center SERC-Chile (
Franz Nestmann
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Prof. Dr. -Ing. Dr. h.c. mult. Franz Nestmann is Head of the Institute for Water and River Basin Management, and has the Chair for Hydraulic and Rural Engineering. His expertise is in the fields of: Implementation of renewable energy and water supply systems under extreme geological conditions such as caves and mountainous regions, water power and energy storage, river navigation, hydraulic engineering, sediment transport and multiphase systems bubbles, drops and particles. He is President of the Water Resources Management Board Baden-Württemberg (WBW).
Mahesh Pandey
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo
Since September 2004, Dr. Pandey has been Professor and NSERC-UNENE Industrial Research Chair in Risk-Based Life Cycle Management of Engineering Systems in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo. The five-year chair program, currently in it's second five year term, is one of the seven university professorships established by UNENE in Ontario. Funding for the professorship is provided jointly by the National Sciences and Engineering Resource Council of Canada (NSERC) and partners from the Canadian nuclear industry.
Isabelle Südmeyer
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Dr. Isabelle Südmeyer is responsible for the overall management of the Helmholtz Programme ‘Storage and Cross-linked Infrastructures’ which develops and provides new technologies for the ‘German Energiewende’. This programme covers research for an environmentally sound, reliable and affordable energy supply. Isabelle Südmeyer gives scientific and management support to the Affordable Energy for Humanity Global Change Initiative at KIT.
Hans-Joerg Bauer
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Professor Hans-Jörg Bauer is Head of the Institute of Thermal Turbomachines and Dean of the KIT-Faculty Mechanical Engineering. His areas of expertise include: Distributed energy systems based on micro gas turbines; combined heat and power (CHP); large-scale gas turbines; steam turbines (water, organic Rankine cycle (ORC); turbo compressors.
Xavier Vallvé
Trama TecnoAmbiental
Xavier Vallvé graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo (1977), with a M.Sc. degree in Applied Science (1979). In 1986 he co-founded the engineering and consultancy company Trama TecnoAmbiental, S.L. in Barcelona, Spain where he is a partner. He has large experience in renewable energy rural electrification projects for distributed generation both grid-tied to the national grids and autonomous RE hybrid technology for islands and isolated villages. This involves complementary and interdisciplinary skills in economic, social and management aspects as well as engineering experience. He has been involved in feasibility studies, engineering, project management and commissioning of many PV micro grids in isolated villages in Africa, Asia and South America as well as islands like the Galápagos atoll (Ecuador), the archipelago of Chiloe (Chile) and Tarawa and outer islands in Kiribati (Pacific), Menorca and Formentera (Mediterranean), Cape Verde (Africa), etc. He has been project director or lead consultant for private and government clients and also for projects by UNDP, UNOPS, UNESCO, UNEP, AECID, IDB, WB, EC and other agencies.
Magdy Salama
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo
Areas of expertise: -Distribution System Analysis -Power Quality Analysis -Smart Grid Analysis -Renewable Energy Analysis -Power System Asset Management and Risk Analysis -Grounding System Analysis
Witold- Roger Poganietz
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Dr. Witold- Roger Poganietz is currently the Head of Energy Research for the 'Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)' at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. His expertise include: bioenergy; wastes and residuals to energy (mainly focusing on Europe and South America), energy systems development in Brazil and Chile incl. energy accessibility; the German energy transition, implementation of renewable energies (incl. waste and residuals) in energy systems; socio-technical scenario development, and sustainability assessment.
Wolfgang Breh
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Dr. Wolfgang Breh is the Managing Director of the KIT Energy Center, one of the largest energy research centers in Europe. It bundles the energy research activities of some 1250 employees at KIT, crossing the lines between disciplines and combining fundamental and applied research in all relevant energies for industry, household, service and mobility. The KIT Energy Center develops solutions in energy technology from a single source and acts as a highly valuable consultancy institution for politics, business, and society in all questions of energy. Wolfgang Breh's areas of expertise include: the German energy transition, geothermal energy, energy and society, energy and environment, energy research policy and energy and science management.
AbuBakr Bahaj
Energy and Climate Chnage Division, University of Southampton
Head, Energy and Climate Change Division and Chair of Sustainable Energy, University of Southhampton; Chief Scientific Adviser, Southampton City; Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Marine Energy For more than 25 years, Prof Bahaj has pioneered sustainable energy research as the head of one of the UK’s leading university-based research groupsthe Sustainable Energy Research Group, (SERG). The aims of ECCD and SERG are to promote and conduct fundamental and applied research and pre-industrial development in the areas of energy technologies, improvements in energy efficiency and assessing the impact of climate change on the built environment. Under the leadership of Prof Bahaj, the SERG involvement in ground breaking research projects in the UK, as well as in China, the Middle East and Africa, has been pivotal. Prof Bahaj is a major contributor to the energy debate at local, national and EU levels as well as through the organisation of and participation at major international conferences and meetings. As an experienced research team leader, Prof Bahaj has initiated and managed research in ocean energy conversion (resources, technologies and impacts), photovoltaics, energy in buildings and impacts of climate change on the built environment, resulting in over 240 published academic articles in journals and conferences of international standing (see Google Scholar publication analysis). Dr. Bahaj has also been involved in the establishment of solar photovoltaic mini grids with storage in rural villages in East Africa. These are based on local community structures to guarantee development and project sustainability.
Daniel Kammen
Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, University of California
Dr. Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. He was appointed the first Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) Fellow by Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton in April 2010. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, and Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. He has founded or is on the board of over 10 companies, and has served the State of California and US federal government in expert and advisory capacities. During 2010-2011 Kammen served as the World Bank Group’s Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. He was appointed to this newly-created position in October 2010, in which he provided strategic leadership on policy, technical, and operational fronts. The aim is to enhance the operational impact of the Bank’s renewable energy and energy efficiency activities while expanding the institution’s role as an enabler of global dialogue on moving energy development to a cleaner and more sustainable pathway.

Domain III: ICT for Energy System Convergence

Uche Onuora
HITCH (by Flexfinity)

Srinivasan Keshav
Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo
My research goal for the past several years has been to apply my expertise in computer networking to find innovative solutions to large-scale problems in energy systems. My focus is on using three revolutionary technologies—solar photovoltaic generators, energy storage, and pervasive sensing—to improve the efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of energy systems.
Sam Duby
TFE Energy
Sam Duby is an influential technology developer with many years consulting and publishing in clean-tech and energy access. An UnLtd. awardee, Sam won the prestigious Hamilton Award winner for his PhD on low-cost thermoelectric generators. Sam has worked across the spectrum of renewable energy research, from the focused, single minded academic, via the high-speed, well funded corporate, to the grass-roots, challenge of start-ups in developing economies. The latter providing the best fit; demanding creative solutions, maximising impact, questioning the status quo and prioritising the human. Extensive, hard-won experience in this arena led to the founding of the Ashden Gold Award winning SteamaCo Ltd in Kenya, focused on building viable mini-grids in the remotest corners of rural Africa. One of Global Cleantech’s 2018 Ones to Watch list, SteamaCo evolved to become a provider of smart technology that enables utilities to sell energy anywhere on the planet. Now based in Cape Town, Sam now heads the TFE Energy Africa team consulting widely on issues around energy access and developing innovative commercial applications of technology to the rural electrification space. This allows him to leverage his experience in appropriate design and implementation, leveraging PAYG technology, community and cross-sector engagement, policy and the stimulation of enabling environments and financial studies focused particularly on the energy access and frontier technology space.
Bissan Ghaddar
University of Waterloo

N. Ify Malo
Power For All / Clean Technology Hub
Ify Malo is the Country Campaign Director for Power For All in Nigeria. She leads the Nigerian campaign to promote distributed renewable energy in Nigeria and is one of the country's leading energy access experts. She helped to set up and incubate the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN), and has advised a range of government agencies on how best to support market growth, and engaged both the national media, the faith community and donor groups and agencies in the promotion of distributed renewable energy. She is also CEO of Clean Tech Hub and the Energy Innovation Center, Abuja. She has held Senior Policy Adviser on Energy Policies, Regulations and Partnerships at the Ministry of Power in Nigeria, where she led a number of policy and partnership initiatives for the Nigerian power sector including cultivating and managing relationship with the World Economic Forum and World Energy Council, the Europe Energy African Partnership, The West African Power Industry Convention and the African Utilities Week (AUW). She was also responsible for building, cultivating and driving public private partnerships for project delivery and implementation in the power sector. She held similar senior advisory portfolios with the Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). Ify’s focus area lies with Global Policy; Project Design and Strategy and Stakeholder partnership initiatives. Ify is a qualified attorney with graduate advanced degrees in Law, Business and Public Policy. She is a African Leadership Initiative PIA Fellow (2012); A Desmond Tutu Fellow (2013); a Crans Montana New Leaders for Tomorrow Fellow (2014); A Dwight Eisenhower Fellow (2015); Global Leadership Academy Fellow (2017)…
Lukasz Golab
Department of Management Sciences, University of Waterloo
Dr. Golab is Professor and Canada Research Chair at the Department of Management Sciences. He is also cross-appointed to the School of Computer Science, and a member of the Database Research Group and the Information Systems and Science for Energy (ISS4E) Lab at the University of Waterloo Dr. Golab's research interests include: Big data; Fast data; Dirty data; Interesting applications of big data such as data analytics for a sustainable future and educational data mining.
Michael Sinclair
Ecobee Inc.

Catherine Rosenberg
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo
Catherine Rosenberg is a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Since June 2010, she holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in the Future Internet. She started her career in ALCATEL, France and then at AT&T Bell Labs., USA. From 1988-1996, she was a faculty member at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique, Montréal, Canada. In 1996, she joined Nortel Networks in the UK where she created and headed the R&D Department in Broadband Satellite Networking. In August 1999, Dr. Rosenberg became a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University where she co-founded in May 2002 the Center for Wireless Systems and Applications (CWSA). She joined University of Waterloo on Sept 1st, 2004 as the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for a three-year term.
Kerstin Fritzsche
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

Hannes Kirchoff
ME SOLshare Ltd

Jouko Lampinen
Aalto University
Professor, Dr. Jouko Lampinen , 53, is the School of Science Aalto University Dean of the University and a member of the Executive Board. He began his five-year term of office 06/01/2016. The pond Sella has several years of experience in the Department of Director of Aalto University School of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science Department of Information Technology Department, and subsequently, a director, he has worked since 2015. In addition, Lampinen has served as Vice Dean School of Science in 2014-2015. Lampinen has worked in computational engineering professor at Aalto University and its predecessor, the University of Technology in 1996. His research has focused in particular on statistical modeling of complex phenomena, pattern recognition and data analysis.
Marc Hiller
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Taha Selim Ustun
Carnegie Mellon University
Taha Selim Ustun received the B.E. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 2007 and M.Sc. degree from University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2009. In 2013, he has completed his Ph.D. education with a special focus on Protection of Microgrids with high penetration of Distributed Generators in Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. His research interests are power systems, power electronics, distributed generation, and microgrids.
Hartmut Schmeck
Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Hartmut Schmeck studied at the Universities of Kiel (Germany) and Waterloo (Canada). He got his academic degrees (Dipl. Inform., Dr.rer.nat., Dr. habil) at Kiel. Since 1991 he is a Full Professor of Applied Informatics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - KIT. He is (co-)author of more than 140 publications on advanced algorithms and architectures, in particular on nature-inspired methods in optimisation, algorithms for reconfigurable architectures, and, more recently, on self-organising, adaptive systems applied to energy and traffic systems. He has been program and conference chair for numerous international workshops and conferences (a.o. RAW, ARCS, IFIP BICC 2006, 2008, ATC 2009, ICAC 2011, D-A-CH Energieinformatik) and coordinator of the German priority research program SPP 1183 on “Organic Computing”. At Karlsruhe, he is one of the two Scientific Spokespersons of the KIT-Center “Information • Systems • Technologies”. As a principal investigator of several cooperative projects in various funding programmes he is pushing the development of intelligent systems in tomorrow's energy systems and for electric mobility, shaping the new discipline of "Energy Informatics", in particular as a director of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology.
Marc Weber
Institute for Data Processing and Electronics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Prof. Dr. Marc Weber is Head of the The Institute for Data Processing and Electronics (IPE) at KIT. IPE specializes in the development of custom detector, trigger and data acquisition systems for high data rates and in control and monitor systems. Prof. Dr. Weber's expertise is in motherboard design and manufacturing, and battery management systems. IPE´s competences cover the entire electronics suppy chain, starting with the physical sensor design, detector assembly through the analog and digital electronics to the data analysis and archiving. In the Electronic Packaging Laboratory the production process is optimized and the detectors and electronic assemblies are cost-efficiently produced. The research and development at IPE is embedded in the program structure of the Helmholtz Association. About 70 People are employed at IPE. There are about 12 PhD students, 20 students and 2 trainees.
Ioannis Lestas
University of Cambridge
Ioannis Lestas is a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. Since October 2009 he is an official Fellow of Clare College and a Director of Studies in Engineering at Cambridge. His expertise lays in the following areas: -Control of large scale systems, decentralized control - Interface between Information Theory and Control Theory, Fundamental limitations in feedback performance. - Nonlinear systems (Lyapunov methods, input/output approaches, IQC’s), Time-delayed systems, Robust Control, Stochastic control, Control of jump Markov processes. - Operator theory, convex optimization, graph theory, random point processes, probability theory. Applications: - Decentralized resource allocation problems, Optimization and pricing in power distribution networks, Power control in wireless networks, Congestion control. - Networked systems, Smart grids, Consensus protocols, Vehicle platoons. - Gene regulatory networks, noise in biochemical reaction networks
Orestis Terzidis
Department of Economics and Management, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Prof. Dr. Orestis Terzidis heads the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Technology Management and Innovation (EnTechnon) at KIT, he has the Chair for Entrepreneurship & Technology Management. After earning his doctorate in physics, he worked from 1998-2011 for SAP, initially as an application developer, and later as an assistant to the CEO Henning Kagermann and director for the SAP Research Center in Karlsruhe. In October 2011 he joined the KIT as full professor. He is leading Project Co-ordinator of the KIT-Gründerschmiede devoted to develop and foster young entrepreneurs and businesses so as to make innovations a success. His areas of expertise include: German energy transition, energy information systems, energy market design, new business models, smart grids and smart energy networks.
Veit Hagenmeyer
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Prof. Dr. Veit Hagenmeyer is Head of the Institute of Applied Computer Science (IAI) at KIT, and Professor for Energy Computer Science at the Institute of Applied Informatics. His expertise lie in the German energy transition, implementation of renewable energies in complex energy systems, the projects Energy System 2050 & Energy Lab 2.0, smart grids and smart energy networks, information systems and science for energy, and control and optimization of energy systems.

Domain IV: Environmental and Human Dimensions of Energy Transitions

Keith Hipel
Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo
Keith W. Hipel is University Professor of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo where he is Coordinator of the Conflict Analysis Group. He is President of the Academy of Science within the Royal Society of Canada, Senior Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Fellow of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and Past-Chair of the Board of Governors of Renison University College. Keith thoroughly enjoys mentoring students and is a recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award, Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, and the Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision from the University of Waterloo, as well as the 2011 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award from IEEE Canada. His major research interests are the development of conflict resolution, multiple criteria decision analysis, time series analysis and other decision-making methodologies for addressing challenging interdisciplinary system of systems engineering problems lying at the confluence of society, technology and the environment, with applications in water resources management, hydrology, environmental engineering, energy, and sustainable development.
Tri Mumpuni
IBEKA Foundation

Avishek Malla
SunFarmer Nepal
Avishek Malla is social entrepreneur, with extensive hands-on experience in Renewable Energy in Nepal and International markets. His experience includes various roles in industry, government, and academia. He has been a pioneer in the development of solar Photovoltaic (PV) Nepal, he has introduced “Rent to Own” solar energy services in rural health, education and agriculture. He has also authored several solar PV related papers and publications and has been key member to developing national technical standards and policies on solar PV. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Diploma in Management from Kathmandu University and Postgraduate Diploma in Energy and Environment, Master’s degree in Renewable Energy from Murdoch University, Australia. He is gold medallist for academic excellence, awarded by former King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev and currently Australian Endeavour Awards Ambassador for Nepal Education and Experience: MSc. Renewable Energy, Endeavour Awardee More than 10 years of experience in government, Acamedics, NGO and private sector. Core Expertise: Renewable energy technology Social Entreprise Current area of focus: Solar PV , production end use, Agriculture management Future areas of work that you are interested in pursuing Integrated Agro and energy business
Mohamed Elkadragy
Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (KIT)
Renewable energy scientist and European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) member and work-package coordinator, with about ten years of industrial and applied research related professional experience on an international scale. Holding a master degree in renewable energy and a B.Sc. in electrical engineering. Currently working as a renewable energy scientist at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the main focus of research is renewable energy storage systems development and hybrid Off-Grid Electricity systems.
Olaf Weber
School of Environment, Enterprise & Development (SEED), University of Waterloo
Olaf’s background is in the areas of environmental and sustainable finance, with emphasis on sustainable credit risk management, socially responsible investment, social banking and the link between sustainability and financial performance of enterprises. His current research interests include financial risk and opportunities caused by climate change and environmental regulations. Previously, Olaf was managing partner at GOE in Zurich, Switzerland, developing credit risk management and sustainability rating systems, and was head of the sustainable finance group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. He earned his Ph.D. from the Technical Faculty, University of Bielefeld, Germany and his M.A. from the Department of Psychology, University of Mannheim.
Markus Lau
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT): Institute for Entrepreneurship, Technology Management and Innovation (EnTechnon)

Paul Parker
Department of Geography and Environmental Management
Paul’s research focuses on building sustainable communities by creating win-win opportunities for the environment and economy. He is particularly concerned with how local economic development strategies can achieve a sustainable future. Sustainable energy systems are an essential starting point, so he looks first at conservation and improving energy efficiency, then at renewable energy sources and smart grid networks as integral parts of community energy plans. Paul combines his strong research background with direct experience engaging local representatives from communities across Canada and overseas to envision and build local capacity, vitality and sustainability. Recently he has lead economic development seminars in Edmonton, Iqaluit, Inuvik, Fort McMurray, Halifax, Saskatoon, Stratford, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Quebec City and Whitehorse.
Eli Mitchell-Larson
SunFarmer Nepal
Eli Mitchell-Larson is a social entrepreneur and impact investor working at the intersection of technology and climate change. After training as a geochemist, Eli began his career at New Island Capital, a San Francisco-based impact investment firm. At New Island, Eli’s team deployed over $90 million across 14 deals, from utility-scale wind and solar assets, to an electric car components manufacturer, to large tracts of sustainably managed redwood timberland and organic farmland. In 2016 Eli joined SunFarmer, a social enterprise that designs, deploys, and finances pay-as-you-go solar water pumps in Nepal to help smallholder farmers increase their incomes. As COO, Eli led SunFarmer's efforts to expand into new markets, agricultural initiatives at SunFarmer Nepal, and operations of SunFarmer US. Eli now serves on the Board of Directors of SunFarmer Nepal. At Oxford, his research focuses on comparing strategies for reaching negative global carbon emissions and modeling the technology needs to achieve them. Eli grew up in Maine, USA, and holds a B.S. in Geology & Geophysics and Environmental Studies from Yale University.
Mary Jane Parmentier

Mary Jane Parmentier is Program Chair of the Master of Science in Global Technology and Development (GTD), and a Clinical Associate Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. The GTD programs addresses global development and inequality, including access to the benefits of science and technology, as well as negative impacts.
Emmanuel Ackom
Denmark Technical University (DTU)

Ian Rowlands
Department of Environment & Resource Studies
Ian Rowlands has ongoing research activities associated with a number of different projects. He is a participant in the Energy Hub Management System project, which is deploying innovative smart grid technologies in homes and businesses in southern Ontario; his work focuses upon customer engagement with these technologies. He is a participant in the NSERC Smart Net-Zero Energy Buildings Strategic Research Network, examining the interactions between people (individually and as market participants) and advanced building technologies. He co-leads, ‘Unlocking the Potential of Smart Grids: A Partnership to Explore Policy Dimensions’, which brings together a number of researchers to investigate policy and other social dimensions of smart grids.
Neil Craik
School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo
Associate Director, Global Programs & Initiatives, WISE Neil Craik is an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo with appointments to the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, where he teaches and researches in the fields of international and Canadian environmental law. His current research examines the role of procedural obligations in governance structures addressing transboundary and global commons environmental issues. Professor Craik has particular interests in the intersection of international and domestic environmental policy, climate and geoengineering governance and environmental impact assessment. He is the author of several books, including Climate Change Policy in North America: Designing Integration (UTP, 2013), and The International Law of Environmental Impact Assessment: Process Substance and Integration (CUP, 2008), in addition to numerous book chapters and journal articles. Since 2011, Professor Craik has served as the Director of the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo.
Marie-Flore Leclercq
ENGIE PowerCorner
Marie-Flore Leclercq is a Strategy and Commercial Analyst at ENGIE PowerCorner in France. "My experiences in Germany and India convinced me of the importance of listening to others and not assuming that I can copy/paste my understandings + My 2-year as a consultant for ENGIE Consulting matured my interest for developing new services and improved my competences in project management That’s when, educated an engineer, I turned to commercial and strategy in the note-yet-mature mini-grid industry Within ENGIE PowerCorner for over a year, I am responsible for the commercial side: How to offer to our users the best services while reaching our economics targets ? I currently having a focus on Income Generating Activities boosters through project-life If I were able not to sleep, I’ll spend my nights on Data Analytics to improve ENGIE PowerCorner business "
Thomas Gottschalk
In addition to being the Chief Executive Officer of Mobisol Group, Thomas is both an Affordable Energy for Humanity Global Change Initiative Member and a WISE Senior Executive Fellow.
Makena Ireri
Makena is a Senior Associate at CLASP leading and managing research for the Low Energy Inclusive Appliances program (LEIA). LEIA is part of a wider effort, Efficiency for Access, a global coalition promoting energy efficiency as a potent catalyst in clean energy access efforts. The coalition programmes aim to scale up markets and reduce prices for super-efficient, off-and weak-grid appropriate products, support technological innovation, and improve sector coordination. Makena’s work generates data and insights to advice sector actors on how to accelerate the availability, affordability, efficiency, and performance of four near-to-market products (refrigerators, televisions, fans, and solar water pumps) and a variety of cross-cutting horizon and enabling technologies. She has over 7 years of diverse experience in the energy sector in both utility scale solutions and distributed renewables, having previously worked as an engineer in the United Kingdom’s Civil Nuclear Industry, in energy generation and utility scale distribution Prior to joining CLASP, Makena managed energy access theme prizes and other research effort on pro-poor energy solutions in developing countries. She has authored impact and baseline research on improved institution cookstoves and refrigeration for the rural poor, contributed to research efforts in solar home system market stimulation in Bangladesh, and helped scope energy for humanitarian needs.
Philip Omenge
Faculty of Environment and Resource Development, Egerton University
Philip Manyi Omenge is a PhD Candidate at Egerton University, Njoro Kenya, pursuing a doctoral degree programme in Natural Resources and Peace. His PhD research focuses on application of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) procedures for renewable energy projects in Kenya. More specifically the research evaluates the effectiveness of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Tool in identifying and preventing potential conflicts for renewable energy projects in Kenya. The aim of the research is to identify areas of ESIA Tool application that underpin poor conflict identification and prevention for renewable energy projects and provide recommendations to policy makers and practitioners to address the inadequacies. Mr. Omenge is also a Mentee of the International Support Network for African Development (ISNAD-Africa). He is one of the Mentees under the Mentoring for Research Programme (MRP) in the 2018-2019 Cohort. He is being mentored by Professor Jatin Nathwani of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE), University of Waterloo, Canada. Mr. Omenge has over fourteen years of experience in Impact Assessments. He is a Registered and Licensed Lead Environmental Impact Assessment/Audit Expert by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Kenya, a Lead Member of the Environmental Institute of Kenya (EIK) and a Senior Lead Consultant at Sigtuna Consultancy in Kenya. Mr Omenge has handled various Impact Assessment Projects including East Africa’s largest Industrial Solar System installed at Krystalline Salt Limited, Gongoni Kenya. The project is the first of its kind in Kenya and in East Africa. Mr Omenge holds a Master of Science Degree with a Specialization in Rural Development Studies from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) Uppsala, Sweden and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Natural Resources Management from Egerton University, Njoro Kenya.
Samson Ondiek
Kenya Power & Lighting Company

Grace Mbungu
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies
Grace Mbungu is a Fellow and Ph.D. candidate at the IASS Potsdam since May 2016. Her Ph.D., research focuses on the social dynamics of energy transitions. More specifically, she focuses on identifying and contextualizing the factors that hinder or support the adoption and sustainable use of clean, safe, efficient, and affordable cooking technologies and fuels. At the IASS, she supports the energy team as well as the KLASICA Alliance. She has BA with honors in Political Science and Women´s Studies as well as a Master of Public Administration (MPA) with a focus on human rights and international development from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA. Before joining the IASS, Grace worked as a junior researcher at DIALOGIK: Institute for Communication and Cooperation Research in Stuttgart, Germany. Earlier, Grace had worked at Jubilee USA Network, in Washington DC; as a teaching and research assistant at the Political Science Department, a program assistant at the Women´s Center, and as a peer mentor and facilitator at the Women´s Studies Program at Bowling Green State University. She is also actively involved with human rights and social justice issues and has volunteered at numerous organizations in Kenya, the USA, and Germany.
Subhes Bhattacharyya
De Montfort University
I am an energy specialist working on global energy-environment issues for more than 30 years. I am a Professor of Energy Economics and Policy and currently, I am the Director of the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development, De Montfort University, Leicester (UK). I specialise in multi-disciplinary, applied energy research covering engineering, economic, regulatory and environmental perspectives. I mainly focus on applied, interdisciplinary research on developing economies, with a special emphasis on energy and environmental issues in South and South East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. I have extensively worked on energy access issues in developing countries over the past decade and successfully led a large applied research project on off-grid electrification in South Asia. I have also provided advice on mini-grid-based electricity access to donor agencies. I have also worked on energy sector management issues such as energy sector regulation and restructuring in developing countries, and policy issues related to reconciling energy security and climate changes, and energy pricing issues.
Balachandra Patil
Indian Institute for Science, Bangalore
Principal Research Scientist with experience in research, consulting, supervising, teaching and leading/coordinating at different levels in the field of Energy & Environment, Energy Access and Sustainability Transition. Expertise: •Energy and Environment Planning, Policy, Economics, Modeling and Management •Renewable energy system modelling, planning; power system planning •Sustainable Energy Access, EnergyPlus for Development, Energy and Poverty •Sustainability Transitions, Technology and Sustainability; Modelling and Statistics
Arun Sharma
Infinite Potentials Consulting GmbH

Christian Pirzer

Soma Dutta

Iskandar Budisaroso Kuntoadji
IBEKA foundation, People Centered Business and Economic Initiative

Kristy Dixon

Kristy Dixon is a Marketing Communications, Project Management and Remote Teams leader at Pollinate Group in Canada. - Who I am and what motivates me: Growing up on a farm in South Australia I quickly learned the importance of energy and water. Today, after a few years in California, I live in Calgary and work remote for Pollinate Group. I enjoy time in the mountains and keeping up with technology. I’m motivated by people who get things done, teams who experiment, and equipping women to lead communities out of poverty. - Education and professional history: More than 16 years in communications and marketing with the majority of my career in a water utility and start-ups. I currently sit on the Board of Directors for IABC Calgary and hold a Masters in Project Management (University of Adelaide) and Bachelor of Communications (University of South Australia). - Areas of expertise: Strategic communications, lean marketing, branding, customer experience and project management.  - Current projects: Applying our women entrepreneurship model from Nepal to India, marketing to the BoP, and increasing global participation in our fellowship programs for students, professionals and executives. - Future areas of work interested in pursuing: scaling social impact projects in new markets, water-energy-food nexus, digital transformation for energy efficiency.
Adedoyin Adeleke
International Support Network for African Development
Adedoyin Adeleke is the Founder and Executive Director of the International Support Network for African Development (ISNAD-Africa), Ibadan, Nigeria and he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree within the UNESCO Chair in Energy for Sustainable Development, Deaprtment of Energy at the Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. At ISNAD-Africa, he initiated the Mentoring for Research Programme, a globally-acknowledged programme that helps research students in African universities receive technical support (co-supervision) from global researchers and professionals in world-class institutions and organisations across the globe. Adedoyin has been named in the first ever “40 Under 40 Solar” List of the US-based Pennwell Corporation’s Renewable Energy World. Adedoyin holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria; a programme he completed with a scholarship from the Federal Government of Nigeria. Also funded with a MacArthur Foundation Grant Scholarship, he completed a multidisciplinary master’s degree programme in Energy studies (Renewable Energy) at the Nigeria’s Premier University, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. As his dissertation, he conducted a multidisciplinary research on the “Sustainability of Solar Mini-Grids in Nigeria”. As his doctoral research programme, he is currently working on the development of an Impact Evaluation Framework of Energy Projects to assess how kWh (energy access) impacts economic and social development in Africa.
Khanjan Mehta
Lehigh University
Khanjan Mehta is the inaugural Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry and Director of the Mountaintop Initiative at Lehigh University. Mehta champions the creation of learning environments and ecosystems where students, faculty, and external partners come together to increase their capacities for independent inquiry, take intellectual risks and learn from failure, recognize problems and opportunities and effect constructive and sustainable change. In a previous avatar, Mehta was the Founding Director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program, Assistant Professor of Engineering Design, and Affiliate Professor of International Affairs at Penn State. Mehta serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and Contributing Editor for the Engineering 4 Change portal. His latest book, Solving Problems that Matter (and Getting Paid for It), takes a deep dive into STEM careers in social innovation and global sustainable development.
Sankaran Ramalingam
National President, Energy & Fuel Users’ Association of India Associations Indian Institution of Plant Engineers Relations Society of India National Institute of Non Destructive Testing Institution of Engineers (Mechanical Engineering) Madras Management Association Institution of Industrial Engineers Indian Institute of Plant Engineers
Eric Verploegen
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Marvin Tumusiime
Marvin Tumusiime is a Program Officer at ENVenture in Uganda. Who you are and what motivates you: A passionate global community of energy access researchers and practioners continues to peak my interest every day. Identifying and connecting more holistic approaches to energy access are crucial. I am motivated by the sustainable economic opportunities that continue to arise from energy access whether it is a1 KG bag of briquettes or an electric car. I am also motivated by versatile and passionate team of colleagues around me. Your educational and professional history: I completed my MSc in Energy Studies at the University of Dundee, Scotland (2014/15) and prior to that, I did my BA (Hons) in Finance at HELP University in Malaysia. I am currently the Program Officer at ENVenture, a social enterprise that incubates clean energy enterprises in the last mile through financing, capacity building and mobile technology. Prior to that I have worked in business development, project management and logistics Your core areas of expertise and experience: My work allows me to exercise my expertise which lies in impact analysis, research, project management and story telling. Your current areas of focus / current projects: Currently, I'm focussed on aggregating our organisation's country wide market research data collected by our deployed volunteers that collect information on clean energy uptake in rural Uganda. I am taking lead on developing, analysing and communicating impact data generated by the activities of the projects run by ENVenture. Current projects include mass competitive cookstove dissemination, researching social value creation from energy with partners and story telling that provokes thought leadership Future areas of work that you are interested in pursuing: Continued policy reforms that push for energy access through mindset, policy and value addition .
Rainer Quitzow
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies

Clark Miller

Clark A. Miller leads the grassroots energy innovation research team at Arizona State University, which focuses on long-term development of scalable, sustainable off-grid energy solutions for communities that create social value, alleviate poverty, and promote thriving. He is the Director of the Center for Energy and Society and Professor and Associate Director of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society.
Saurabh Biswas
Arizona State University
Saurabh Biswas is a Grassroots Energy Innovation Laboratory PhD Student at Arizona State University in the USA. Full time applied researcher studying complex phenomena at the intersection of poverty, energy systems and initiatives for sustainable futures in marginalized communities. Designing collaborative projects for Energy Thriving, with civil society groups, small business and non-profits. Part time instigator of collective action for sustainability with partner communities and social enterprises in South America and Asia. Interests: Project design for sustainable futures, Grassroots energy innovation, Practitioner-Academia collaborations, Action research for sustainability in marginalized communities.
Martina Schäfer
Technical University of Berlin
Prof. Dr. Martina Schäfer has been active since 2010 in the Scientific Board of the Center for Technology and Society.
Sara Lindeman
Aalto University
Sara is currently working with the New Global: Co-creating Frugal and Reverse Innovations in Complex Global Systems.
Iana Aranda
Engineering for Change
Iana is the Director of Programs for Engineering for Change, LLC (E4C) in New York City, a global alliance of engineering organizations and community of 1,000,000+ individuals dedicated to promoting sustainable and accessible technology-based solutions for underserved communities. She is focused on the design and development of new products and programming in emerging markets, social innovation and sustainable design. In this role, she has guided the development of business strategy, digital platform and partnerships with organizations involved in developing and deploying essential technologies. Iana has over 10 years of experience in academic, research and nonprofit sectors focusing on the intersection of engineering design, business development and social responsibility. Her unique professional background has enabled her to be a knowledge broker and global connector with networks extending across science, technology, education, and global development sectors. Iana is an active agent for social change, with a proven record of creative problem solving, bridging diverse communities and employing lean business methods to advance social justice.
Rob Bailis
Stockholm Environment Institute - US Center
Rob is a senior scientist, focused on the relationships between energy, social welfare, and environmental change in developing countries. He first became interested in these themes while working as a teacher in the U.S. Peace Corps in northwestern Kenya. He joined SEI-US in September 2015, after a decade as an academic researcher and university instructor. Rob's current research focuses mainly on biomass energy, ranging from traditional energy carriers like wood and charcoal to advanced liquid biofuels. His work on household energy includes ongoing projects on improved wood-burning stove dissemination in Honduras in partnership with Proyecto Mirado (a local NGO), multi-scalar assessments of woodfuel sustainability sponsored by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and an improved stove intervention in India supported by a grant from the U.S. EPA. Rob is also interested in social impact assessment and life-cycle approaches to help understand the implications of increased reliance on non-traditional forms of bioenergy in both developed and developing nations. His research has explored oilseed crops and eucalyptus plantations in Brazil as well as forest-based bioenergy in the southern U.S. Rob has a B.S. in physics from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley.
Aneri Pradhan
Aneri is the Founder and Executive Director of ENVenture, a social enterprise that enables rural communities to become distributors for energy access technologies. She has over seven years of experience developing energy access programs in Asia and Africa, building networks and stakeholder engagement, as well as working with international organizations. Currently, she consults for Facebook’s energy access program and previously was an Energy Access Officer at the United Nations Foundation working for the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative. Her expertise is on market-led development and innovation for sustainable technologies, and marketing the same technologies for last-mile communities.
Roberto Hernández
Department of Environmental Sciences, Universidad de Chile
Roberto Hernández was born in Coquimbo, Chile, on April 5, 1939. He received the Bachelor degree in teaching of history, geography and civic education, specialization in anthropology, from the University of Chile, Santiago, Chile, and the M.Sc. degree in rural development from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela. He was a Professor of Anthropology with the University of Chile. He was an Associate Professor of Rural Sociology and Social Sciences Methodology with the University Simón Rodríguez, Venezuela, and currently is a Joint Professor of Anthropology with the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Chile (2006–2013). Mr. Hernández is a Member of the Latin American Association of Anthropology (ALA) and the Society of Applied Anthropology of the Unites States.
David Mozersky
The Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley
David Mozersky directs the research program on energy and conflicts at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the Univeristy of California, Berkeley. Prior to this, he was a Director of Investments at Humanity United, a private foundation working on building peace and advancing human freedom. He joined Humanity United in 2008, when he initiated and led a two-year conflict prevention project to help northern and southern Sudanese officials prepare for negotiations surrounding South Sudan’s anticipated independence. During 2010 and 2011, David worked with the African Union as part of the international mediation team brokering talks between Sudan and South Sudan. Prior to Humanity United, David spent six years with the International Crisis Group, where he held several positions in the Africa program—including the Horn of Africa project director, leading programs on Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia-Eritrea, and Somalia. David has been involved in conflict-prevention and resolution efforts since 2001, has written extensively about peacemaking efforts in East Africa, and has testified or presented before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the Canadian Parliament, and South Sudanese Parliament. David has a strong interest in natural resource management and the overlap between climate change and conflict. From 2011 – 13 he led an initiative to build a “green” development framework in South Sudan, working in partnership with UC-Berkeley, local and international governments, and socially minded impact investors. David holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, and a master of arts degree in political science and international relations from the University of Toronto.
Hisham Zerriffi
University of British Comumbia
Dr. Zerriffi’s research is at the intersection of technology, energy and the environment, with a particular focus on rural areas of the developing world. Much of his research focuses on institutional factors impacting the diffusion of new technology, determinants and patterns of household energy choice and welfare implications of rural energy use. Prior to joining the UBC Faculty, Dr. Zerriffi was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford University. Dr. Zerriffi holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Engineering and Public Policy. Current Research · the role of institutions in the deployment and diffusion of small-scale energy technologies · business models used to provide distributed electricity to rural areas in Brazil, Cambodia and China · environmental effectiveness of rural renewable energy programs · survey analyses on household time budgets and on determinants of household electricity consumption
Robert Doubleday
Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge
Rob Doubleday has been Executive Director of CSaP since September 2012. Previously Rob established CSaP's research programme. His research interests include the role of science, evidence and expertise in contemporary societies, in particular the relationship between scientific advice, public policy and democracy. His research develops collaborative methods of working with scientists and engineers on the public policy dimensions of their research. In 2010 Rob spent a year on secondment to the Government Office for Science, working on policies to promote engagement between academia and government. Prior to this Rob was the principal investigator of a three-year Wellcome Trust funded project that studied the policy and public dimensions of nanotechnologies. He has published widely on expert advice and public policy, public engagement with emerging technologies, and on public policy dimensions of scientific knowledge. Rob's recent publications include 'Future Directions for Scientific Advice in Whitehall' (CSaP/Alliance for Useful Evidence, 2013).
Astrid Walker Bourne
Practical Action UK
Astrid has been shaping the approach to policy change across Practical Action, building capacity in the regions and providing leadership in all areas of engagement. Astrid and her team are working closely with country and regional offices and expanding alliances and networking to improve policies and practices at national levels. Main areas of her work include championing of evidence and learning to support the organisation’s knowledge work and developing a strong case for technology justice. Astrid has been working in the development sector for 20 years, in roles spanning project administration and management of emergency and development projects in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, and Sudan. Prior to joining Practical Action Astrid worked for HelpAge International with a focus on learning, research and policy change. Astrid has an educational background in English Literature, Russian and Agriculture Economics (MA, Giessen University) and a post-graduate development studies qualification from the Centre of Advanced Training in Agriculture (SLE, Humboldt-University Berlin).
Julie Wright
Waterloo Global Science Initiative
In collaboration with the Summit's Content Curator, I lead the content development of WGSI's summit series and cultivate strategic partnerships to advance the organization's mandate. I also oversee day-to-day operations, board reporting and stakeholder relations.
Stefan Hirschberg
Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis, Paul Scherrer Institut
Since 1992 Stefan Hirschberg is Head of the Systems/Safety Analysis Section in the Paul Scherrer Institut. He coordinates the activities at PSI on “Comprehensive Assessment of Energy Systems” (GaBE), covering environmental, risk-related and economic aspects. As a part of these activities he manages a number of projects for the Swiss energy and environmental authorities, and for the Swiss and foreign utilities as well as other industries. He is also responsible for a variety of PSI’s contributions to international programs addressing the environmental, risk and economic implications of energy systems. In addition, the Systems/Safety Analysis Section has activities in the area of Risk Assessment, with main emphasis on Human Reliability Analysis (HRA). This includes a long-term research program and on-call tasks for the Swiss nuclear safety authority and plant operators. Dr. Hirschberg’s main research interests currently include: Environmental Impact and External Cost Assessment, Comparative Risk Assessment, Sustainability Assessment and Development of Integrated Tools for Decision Support. S. Hirschberg has about 150 publications in reactor and neutron physics, reliability and risk assessment and comparative assessment of energy systems. He has been a member of numerous advisory, consultant and expert groups supporting national and international organizations, and is since 1990 a member of Principal Working Group No. 5 on Risk Assessment of OECD/NEA. He was member of technical committees of many international conferences and organiser/chairman of numerous technical sessions. He lectures at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) on “Reliability and Risks of Complex Systems” and at ETHZ and EPFL on energy systems analysis. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management.
Simron Singh
School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo
Dr. Simron Jit Singh is a social/human ecologist and works on theoretical, analytical and empirical aspects of society-nature interactions within the framework of sustainability science and the development discourse. His main focus is in understanding the metabolism of local rural systems and their long-term dynamics using biophysical variables such as material and energy flows, land use, and time-use. He has undertaken extensive fieldwork among the pastoral nomadic community, the Van Gujjars of the Central Indian Himalayas and the Nicobarese of the Nicobar Islands, India. He teaches sustainability concepts and methods to Masters of Development Practice (MDP) students.
Witold- Roger Poganietz
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Dr. Witold- Roger Poganietz is currently the Head of Energy Research for the 'Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)' at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. His expertise include: bioenergy; wastes and residuals to energy (mainly focusing on Europe and South America), energy systems development in Brazil and Chile incl. energy accessibility; the German energy transition, implementation of renewable energies (incl. waste and residuals) in energy systems; socio-technical scenario development, and sustainability assessment.
Davi Ezequiel Francois
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
Davi is conducting his doctoral research at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), under the supervision of Dr. Witold-Roger Poganietz and Professor Dr. Armin Grunwald, who are also partners of the Global Change Initiative. Davi’s research aims to analyse whether and under which conditions renewable energies may improve living standards and reduce poverty in rural areas, in a sustainable and long-term planning. As case study, the Brazilian state of Ceará is being used, which has one of the biggest potential for solar and wind energy and at the same time is one of the poorest Brazilian states. Regarding the situation in Ceará, the state already achieved universal electricity access by grid extension to supply basic needs. Currently, a challenge is the enhancement of rural families’ awareness of the use of electricity to ameliorate living conditions. Additionally, improvement of electricity supply, capability of human resources, market organization and funding are important to support and develop productive chains. The provision of better means of cooking is also necessary, since unhealthy cooking conditions (i.e. traditional cook stoves based on biomass without chimneys and kitchens poorly ventilated) are normally used in rural areas of the state. The main expected outcome of the research is the provision of sound information to be considered by stakeholders, such as policymakers, scientific community and leaderships of ONG’s and rural communities, regarding how renewable energies may improve living standards and help people overcome poverty in rural areas. To achieve the expected outcome, context energy scenarios, by using Cross-Impact Balance Analysis (CIB), are going to be constructed. The results may also be applied for similar rural areas around the world.
John Holmes
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford
John Holmes is the co-leader of the 'Smart Villages' project which aims to provide policy makers, donors and development agencies concerned with rural energy access with new insights on the real barriers to energy access in villages in developing countries – technological, financial and political – and how they can be overcome. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, concerned with enhancing the use of science in environmental policy making, and an independent consultant. He has a first degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London, and an MBA from Brunel University. The early part of his career was in technology assessment and research management relating to the development of clean coal technologies. He subsequently moved to the nuclear industry as the director responsible for the science and, subsequently, the engineering of the UK’s radioactive waste disposal programme. A further move to the Environment Agency, the environmental regulator for England and Wales, as Head of its Science Programme preceded his joining the University of Oxford in 2004. He has also filled the role of Secretary to the EASAC Energy Programme.
Armin Grunwald
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Armin Grunwald is Head of the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at KIT. He is also Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Technology at the Institute of Philosophy, and Head of the Office of Technology Assessment (TAB) at the German Bundestag in Berlin. His research interests include: the theory and methodology of technology assessment, theory and methodology of sustainable development, and ethics of technology, in particular for new and emerging technologies such as nanotechnology.
Ilan Chabay
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies
Prof. Dr. Chabay's work is centered on understanding the interplay between knowledge production and systems, learning processes, and individual and collective actions at multiple temporal and spatial scales and governance levels. This is also the mandate of the International Alliance on Knowledge, Learning, and Societal Change (, which he chairs. KLSC encompasses the examination of both individual and collective behavior change and as emergent and facilitated change. Prof. Dr. Chabay's particular focus in this framework is on understanding decision making and behavioral change through the lenses of modeling and narratives as analytical and affective components respectively of decision making on complex systems issues and using the understanding in facilitating or catalyzing societal transitions to sustainable practices.
Ortwin Renn
University of Stuttgart
Dean of the Department of Economic & Social Sciences (University of Stuttgart) Full Professor and Chair of Environmental Sociology and Technology Assessment of Stuttgart University Director of the non-profit company DIALOGIK, a research institute for investigating communication and participation processes in environmental policy making Director of the Stuttgart Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies at the University of Stuttgart (ZIRIUS) Research Interests: - Risk governance (assessment, perception, management, communication) - Sustainable development (concept, social science perspective) - Public participation (theory and practical application) - Technology assessment and foresight (Methodology, conceptual issues, case studies) - Public responses to technological change (attitude research, modernization theory)
Hayley Rutherford
Waterloo Global Science Initiative

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