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She was born in Mexico and lives in Germany since 2004. She graduated in Business Administration in Mexico and has a Master Degree in European Studies from the Hochschule Bremen in Germany. Besides, she has studies in International Marketing, Leadership, and Sustainable Development. Her core competencies are strategic marketing, business development and project management. She worked in the public sector in Mexico gathering experience with policy making. In Germany, she worked at the Environmental Institute of a Technology Transfer Center where she gathered experience in project management, specially of EU-funded projects. Later, she worked 8 years for the German manufacturer of solar collectors, the Ritter Gruppe, where she was Marketing Division Manager during the last two years. Since 2016, she works independently and has her own consultancy brand: matters.mx. Highly recognized companies and organizations from the European solar heating market belong to her clients. She has been member of the steering committee, responsible for marketing and public relations of the Solar Heating Initiative since its creation in 2015 when the SOLERGY label was launched. She is creator and coordinator of the Heat Changers project, launched in 2016. She is responsible for the communication activities in Mexico of the project Solar Payback, and is project manager of Intersolar Mexico.
Nowadays he leads the ICTvsCC (ICT versus Climate Change group) within the Institute for Advanced Communication Technologies at UPV, called ITACA. where one of his research lines consists in the application of advanced modelling tools for the computationally aided design of energy systems (mainly in buildings and in systems where the soil is used as heat source). A further research line is the application of advanced control strategies for systems energy management. He is author of over 150 journal and conference articles in the field of physics and engineering. Dr. Urchueguía has participated in several European projects in the area of energy (participating also as coordinator). He is Chairman of the Geothermal Panel and Chair of RHC Platform. He’s also Vice-president of EGEC since 2016.
Marta San Román is a senior Director with 30 years of international experience in marketing strategy, communications, sales, business development, R+D+i, product management and applications engineering in mature and emerging markets for diverse industries and organizations, including Fortune 100/500 and large cooperatives. At present, she works for ORKLI – Mondragon Group for the heating and solar thermal business unit. She holds a Master of Science in Physics and an Executive MBA. She has worked on energy efficiency for decades and has experience in particular in the field of cooling, heating and solar thermal. She participates actively since over 15 years in trade associations, industrial lobbies and regulatory forum in Europe as member of technical committees, steering committees, communications task-groups, horizontal working groups, etc…, fostering positive relationships between organizations and media. Currently Marta is part of the Steering Committee of ESTTP (RHC).
Michael Hübner is coordinator of the Joint Programming Platform Smart Energy Systems, Co-Chair of the SET-Plan Implementation Working Group 4 on Energy Systems, member of the core team to develop the Clean Energy Transition Partnership. Experienced Program Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration and transnational collaboration (Mission Innovation, IEA TCPs, ERA-Nets). Skilled in Sustainable Development and Innovation Management. Strong business development professional with technical background as communication engineer. The National Stakeholder Coordination Group (NSCG) is a sounding board and exchange platform for national R&I stakeholders in the area of smart energy systems and networks, enabling them to contribute actively and in a coordinated way to the goals as European SET-Plan. The NSCG addresses national R&I policy makers, R&I funding program managers, key research institutes (Technology Platforms and experts from regulators).
Gerdi Breembroek has worked at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and its predecessors for over 20 years as an energy specialist. She is currently involved in geothermal energy and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCS and CCU). She is involved in the national programme for geothermal energy, and in ERANET GEOTHERMICA. She is Co-Chair of the SET Plan Implementation Working Group on Deep Geothermal, and strongly involved in preparing the Clean Energy Transition Partnership. Also, she is involved the national programmes on CCS and CCU, and in ERANET ACT. She is the Netherlands delegate for the CCUS Challenge in Mission Innovation, for ECCSEL, and in IEAGHG. Gerdi Breembroek studied Chemical Engineering at Delft University of Technology. She got her PhD in 1997 from that same University, working on liquid membrane extraction.
Reghina works as Policy Officer at the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC). Prior to joining EGEC, Reghina worked in the European Parliament where she assisted MEPs from the S&D and EPP political groups. She also worked for Brunswick Group (Austria & CEE Office), a strategic advisory firm, where she advised clients on critical issues from TMT and transport industries.
Øyvind Skreiberg chairs the RHC-ETIP horizontal working group on 100% RE Buildings, and is Chief Scientist of Stationary Bioenergy at SINTEF in Trondheim, Norway and holds a doctoral degree in thermal conversion of biomass from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. He has more than 25 years' experience in the field and has worked and published (about 150 peer reviewed papers) on a number of bioenergy topics, e.g. BtE, WtE, combustion, gasification, torrefaction, carbonisation, CHP, ash-related challenges, wood stoves - and their building integration, emissions in general and especially NOx. He has led and worked in a variety of national and international projects at SINTEF for the last 13 years, and earlier at NTNU, and is active in international networks as IEA Bioenergy and EERA Bioenergy in addition to RHC-ETIP.
Christian Holter is working in Solar Heating and Cooling since 30 years and has developed a group of companies designing, building and operating solar thermal plants world-wide. As well, he was always engaged in related R&D projects, teaching, trainings and policy advisory. His references include speeches and lectures at the international Banks as World Bank, EBRD, Organizations as UNIDO, and University from MIT/Cambridge, Nanyang Technology University/Singapore, etc. A special focus of his current work is decarbonization of the heating sector and District Heating.
Alice Dénarié is a building engineer with a PhD in energy. Her research activity is mainly focused on the analysis of district heating and cooling networks (DH&C) and their integration with renewables, with a particular attention to solar thermal systems. During her research activities she has gained expertise in the dynamic simulation of these systems. She has worked on several national and international projects (UNEP, EU, national institutions and DH companies). She is also involved in dissemination and training activities at AIRU, the Italian District Heating Association.
Gerhard Stryi-hipp is a physicist and is working in the solar energy sector since 1992. Until 2008, he was managing director of the German Solar Industry Association BSW-Solar and its predecessors. In 2009 he moved to the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE as Head of Energy Policy and Group Leader Solar Thermal Systems. Since 2011, he is coordinating the business area »Smart Energy Cities« at Fraunhofer ISE. With his Team hedevelops tools and concepts for the Transformation of today’s urban energy systems to sustainable and cost-efficient energy systems, e.g. the energy system Simulation program KomMod and methods for the development of road maps for the urban energy system transformation. Gerhard Stryi-Hipp is president of the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling’s Horizontal Working Group on 100% Renewables Energy Cities.
Eglè Randytè is Managing director at Vilnius City Building Renovation company „Atnaujinkime miesta“. It is the city‘s think tank, which is responsible for sustainable development in urban neighbourhoods. Over the past 10 years she has worked in the field of energy sector and climate policy. The main goal at the present is to transform old Soviet Union areas into modern neighbourhoods powered by smart technology and new urban living concepts.
Indré Buteniené is Chair of the Supervisory Board at the AB “Klaipėdos energija” since 2017. She deals with the local community, NGO’s, and prepares the local action strategy at the Klaipeda city integrated investment territory local action group. She has many years of experience in training and consultancy in Public Finance Management and Strategic Planning in the Public Institutions.
Liudas Getautas is a pioneer of renewable energy sector in Lithuania. He has a degree in Construction Engineering and is a Founder and Managing Director of company UAB "Naujos Idejos" [New Ideas], which is a long term distributor of Swedish heat pumps Thermia (since 1999), a distributor of another Swedish heat pump brand IVT (2004-2009), Carrier heat pumps (since 2012) and is a partner of Finnish company Calefa OY, working on application of industrial heat pumps since 2018. Liudas is actively working in the field for 20+ years and has substantial knowledge of applying geothermal energy and other advanced sollutions to residential and commercial buildings, as well as industry. In March 2017 Lithuanian Heat Pump and Ventillation Association was established, where Liudas is one the Founders and Council Member. He represents Lithuanian Association in meetings and events of EHPA.
Dr. Valdas Lukoševičius is the President of the Lithuanian District Heating Association (since 2018). He graduated Kaunas University of Technology in 1980. Since 1990 he is Associate professor of Kaunas University of Technology as welll as during 2005-2013 associate professor of Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Department of building Energy. Since 2007 he worked as a freelance consultant for Lithuanian and international consulting companies, associations, programmes, etc. Also participated at World Bank, INOGATE programme. Field of expertise - technology, economy and regulation of district heating and cogeneration in the countries with former plan economy. During 2002-2007 he was a Commissioner of National Commission for Energy Control and Prices. During 2012-2015 he took Chairman position at the Board of DH company "Kaunas Energy".
Dr. Darius Biekša is the head of Lithuanian Energy Agency (since 2019). He has a doctoral degree in energy and thermal engineering. From 2012 to 2018 he was a member of the State Price and Energy Control Commission. Previously he worked in the energy consulting company and was the director of the Civil Engineering Research Centre of Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. Former lecturer in Vilnius Gediminas Technical and ISM Universities of Management and Economics. The main task of the Lithuanian Energy Agency are to create and maintain a strong and exemplary analytical centre that would help Lithuania not only respond to the dynamically changing energy sector, but also help to further strengthen the transition to renewable energy.