Speaker

David Bryson has been Uniper’s COO & CSO since 2019. Combining the two roles reflects Uniper’s determination to tackle the climate challenge in an integrated way. A chartered engineer, with wide leadership experience gained in the British Army, Bryson joined the energy industry in 2008. Since Uniper’s first days, Bryson has been responsible for its asset business’ European operations. No matter how his responsibility has increased since then, he is still close to the business and the people.


Francesco La Camera is the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He has more than thirty years of experience in the fields of climate, sustainability, and international cooperation. He formerly served as Director-General of Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, EU and International Affairs at the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea. In this capacity, he developed cooperation and partnerships agreements with a wide range of countries, particularly developing countries. Mr. La Camera is widely credited with having spearheaded international cooperation on issues related to climate change and the environment. He played a key role in bringing together multilateral organisations to develop joint initiatives designed to implement the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. He has also coordinated a number of national strategies including on sustainable development, green finance and fossil fuel subsides among other things.


Stephan-Andreas Casdorff Stephan-Andreas Casdorff was born in Cologne on March 28th, 1959. Like his father and grandfather before him he became a journalist but unlike them not in an electronic medium. Since 2004 he’s one of the chief editors of the Berlin based newspaper Der Tagesspiegel and since 2018 he’s also its publisher.


Since January 2020 Dr.-Ing. Jochen Eickholt is a member of the management board of the Siemens Energy Management GmbH and since April 2020 he’s also a member of the Siemens Energy AG executive board. In this position he’s responsible for the electricity generation business, industrial applications, Asia-Pacific and China. Prior to his career at siemens he studied electrical engineering at the RWTH Aachen and the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London. Then he went on to get his PhD at the Fraunhofer Institute for production technologies in Aachen. Jochen Eickholt started working for Siemens in 1999. In his long lasting career, he held multiple senior positions in Germany and other Siemens locations: Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Elektropřístroje s.r.o. in the Czech Republic, Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Home and Office Communications, Chief Executive Officer for Rail Automation and Chief Executive Officer for Rail Systems. Between 2014 and 2017 he was the Chief Executive Officer for Siemens Mobility before he became the head of the Integration Management for Siemens Alstom. His last position before joining the executive board was as the Chairman and Managing Partner of the Siemens Portfolio Companies.


Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm has been Professor of Economic Theory at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) since 2008. She is chair of the scientific management of the Energy Campus Nuremberg (EnCN) and on the board of the Center Hydrogen.Bavaria (H2.B). Since 2020, Veronika Grimm has been a member of the German Council of Economic Experts. She is also active in numerous national and international committees and advisory boards, including the German government's National Hydrogen Council.


Since July 2017 Thomas Heim is a member of the Viessmann company Family. As a member of the Viessmann Climate Solution SE management board he’s responsible for sales, distribution, marketing and the service department. After finishing his degree in business administration, he started his professional career at Robert Bosch. Between 1994 and 2010 he held different positions within the power tool department. After working for Robert Bosch in Germany, Brazil, Spain and Denmark he left the Company in 2010 and joined the Swedish security company Gunnebo. Here he was a member of the managing board responsible for central and northern Europe and held the position of Managing Director for Germany and Austria. In 2012 he returned as Senior Vice President to Robert Bosch and managed sales and distribute of the power tool department for EMEA. As Chief Digitalisation Officer he also advanced the digitalisation processes within the department. Besides his position at Viessmann Climate Solution SE he’s currently part of the management board of the German Heating Industry (BDH) as well as part of the Executive Council of the European Heating Industry Association (EHI).


Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Maubach is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Uniper since April 2021. Uniper is a leading international energy company with around 12,000 employees and activities in more than 40 countries. Prior to this position, Klaus-Dieter Maubach was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Uniper and a member of the Board of Directors of Fortum. Before, he held various senior executive positions, including CEO of the Encavis AG, board member of E.ON SE and CEO of E.ON Energie AG.


Janina Mütze is co-founder and CEO of Civey. Before founding the company, the graduate economist represented the interests of venture capital and private equity investors in political Berlin. In addition to her work for Civey, Janina Mütze is a member of the supervisory board of the Fintech Comeco and a member of the advisory board for start-ups at the Berlin University of Applied Sciences. She is also on the advisory board of the Master's program in Social and Economic Data Science at the University of Konstanz.


Cem Özdemir is a Member of the German Bundestag, where he chairs the Committee on Transport and Digital Infrastructure. He is a Deputy Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the inter-party group on rail transport.

Mr. Özdemir is an educator by profession and completed his studies in social pedagogy at the Evangelical Technical College (Evangelische Fachhochschule für Sozialwesen) in Reutlingen, Germany.

He was elected to the German Parliament in 1994, becoming its first-ever member of Turkish descent. Özdemir served two consecutive legislative terms (1994-2002). During this time, he held the position of Speaker on Internal Affairs for the Green Parliamentary Group. In 2003, Cem Özdemir joined other senior policy-practitioners and academics as a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Washington, DC and Brussels. During his fellowship, he furthered his expertise in transatlantic relations and conducted research on the ways that minority groups in the United States and Europe organize themselves politically. From 2004 until 2009, Mr. Özdemir was a Member of the European Parliament, where he served as Speaker on Foreign Affairs for his political group (The Greens/European Free Alliance). Between 2008 and January 2018, he was National Chairman of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (German Green Party).

Cem Özdemir is a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and an advisory board member of the American Jewish Committee's Berlin office. In 2019, he was awarded the Raoul Wallenberg Medal, the Ignatz Bubis Prize for Understanding and the Dolf Sternberger Prize.


Frank Peter oversees Agora's industry activities. Before this, he was coordinating the Germany work programme. Before joining Agora, he worked at Prognos AG for 12 years. He has led several projects on climate mitigation, industry decarbonization, power market development and renewable energy for clients in the public and private sector. He has regularly served as an independent expert on various energy issues for the German Bundestag and the Federal Government. He holds a degree in engineering from the Berlin University of Technology.


Professor Andreas Pinkwart was born in 1960 in Seelscheid, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. After a banking apprenticeship he studied macroeconomics and business economics at the University of Münster and the University of Bonn from where he obtained his doctoral degree in 1991, with a thesis supervised by Professor Horst Albach. Subsequently Professor Pinkwart ran the office of the FDP's (Free Democratic Party) leader of the parliamentary group in the German Bundestag from 1991 to 1994. In 1994 he became a professor for economics and business administration in Düsseldorf from where he later moved to the University of Siegen to accept a chair for business economics. Being on a sabbatical leave from 2002 to 2011, Professor Pinkwart was a Member of the German Bundestag (2002 - 2005) and Minister for Innovation, Science, Research and Technology as well as Deputy Prime Minister of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (2005 - 2010). In 2011 Professor Pinkwart has been appointed as Dean of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and ever since holds the Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank Chair for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. In 2017 he became Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.


Jakob Schlandt is a journalist reporting about the energy industry and policies. At Der Tagesspiegel he is the head of the Background Energy & Climate Newsletter editorial staff. He began his journalistic career at the Berliner Zeitung, later he worked for the publishing companies DuMont and Funke. He also worked for the magazine bizz energy. Recently he completed an MBA in London to further his perspective on the energy business. In his well-established career, he reported on major developments like the German exit from atomic energy. He’s famous for always bringing a critical perspective to controversial topics.


Svenja Schulze is the current federal Environmental Minister of Germany and Member of the Social Democrats. In her position she is also responsible for nuclear safety. Prior to that she was Minister for Innovation, Science and Research of North Rhine-Westphalia between 2010 and 2017. After she finished her studies in German philology and political science, she became a member of the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. She was an MP between 1993 and 1997 and again from 2004 till 2018. Furthermore, she was chairwoman of the young social democrats in North Rhine-Westphalia from 1993 to 1997.


Michael Vassiliadis began his career with an apprenticeship as laboratory assistant at the Bayer AG. In 1986 he started working full time for the union IG BCE and became a member of the executive board in 2004. Since 2009 he is chairman of the union and since 2012 he is also the president of IndustriALL Euope. He is a member of the advisory board for the RAG AG, BASF SE, Henkel GmbH&Co KG and Steag GmbH.


André Walter is Chairman of the Board of Management of Airbus Operations GmbH and Head of Plant Hamburg. Prior to this, he was Head of Plant Bremen. Previously he gained experience in various management positions. Before Airbus, he had different roles at the Institute for Materials Science in Bremen. He studied mechanical engineering in Hanover followed by a PhD in Bremen.


Dr. Kirsten Westphal is based at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. For more than 50 years, the SWP has provided analysis on foreign policy issues not only to the Bundestag and the German Federal Government, but also to economic actors and the general public.
Dr. Westphal is assigned for International Energy Relations and Global Energy Security at the institute. She as member of the German Hydrogen Council. She was a Member of the Expert Panel to the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation in 2018-2019 and contributed to the Commission’s Report “A New World”, published in 2019. In parallel, she has been leading the Project "Geopolitics of Energy Transformation 2030 (GET 2030)" supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. Over the course of 2019/2020 the follow-up project (EU GET 2030) examines the geopolitics of the energy transformation from the EU’s perspective. This project involves IFRI in Paris, PISM in Warsaw; and Real Instituto Elcano in Madrid. It is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Since 2015, Westphal has been conducting a series of Track 2 dialogues with Russia and Poland, with the kind support of the German Federal Foreign Office. Previously, she has worked as a consultant in the energy industry. She has experience in international election observation missions of the OSCE and EU. She is on the Advisory Board of the Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK) Foundation, Budapest and on the Editorial Board of the European Energy Journal.

She has published widely on international energy relations and EU external energy relations. Her books include Global Energy Governance in a Multipolar World (Aldershot/ Burlington Ashgate 2010); and The Political and Economic Challenges of Energy in the Middle East and North Africa (Routledge, 2018). Her recent publications on the geopolitics of energy transformation, on energy security reimagined in times of decarbonization and on the operationalization of SDG 7 have appeared in Nature, Global Policy, Energy Strategy Review, European Energy Journal and at SWP.

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