As a lifetime enthusiast in CleanTech Innovation he has more than 5 years experience in Energy Access, Solar thermal, deployment of clean, affordable reliable energy, Project and partner management, work related to policies and development.

Worked across multicultural environments and organizational settings (bilateral, government, corporate, research) and integrated disciplines.  Employed by organizations like UNDP, UNIDO, Fraunhofer ISE, MNRE and served multi functional role in the renewable energy market specially related to solar.

Kumar Abhishek is a recipient of the prestigious German Chancellors Fellowship for Tomorrows Leader (2017-18) and Dr. Sharin Gadhia Sustainability Award (2017). His current works focus on Social Impact space, and working with enthusiastic individuals who are making a difference to the world on Global Grand Challenges.


is the Founder of Value Sustainability, a strategic and management-consulting firm that provides sustainability, climate change, and community engagement advisory services headquartered in California, USA. The consultancy help clients deliver on their GHG reduction/ sustainability targets, mitigate future risks and educate on the opportunities and challenges related to climate change and clean energy.  In her role as a consultant and advocate, Salem challenges her clients to set increasingly higher sustainability targets that grow their business and make a positive impact in society.

Prior to founding her firm in 2016, Salem began her career with the United Nations and went on to hold management and senior consultant roles in engineering and financial services firms, both in the U.S and internationally.  She is a primary member of the Los Angeles County Sustainability Council and also serves on the City of Irvine’s Green Ribbon Committee. In this capacity, she advises cities, counties and transportation agencies on how to best address environmental challenges and convert them to opportunities. Salem received her BA in Communication and Political Science and holds Masters degree in Environmental Management with a specialization in Renewable Energy Application.

For more details: https://www.linkedin.com/in/salemafeworki/

AGARWAL, Shubham

Passionate about sustainability, has entrepreneurial spirit and motivated to be part of energy and mobility transition. Driven by this enthusiasm I am pursuing masters in Sustainable Mobility Management at TU Berlin.

Previous experience in managing an automotive business unit at Saint-Gobain. Worked excessively with R&D, purchase and operation teams of auto OEMs to grow the business and develop better automobiles.

Recently founded TU Berlin Mobility Club to empower students to contribute to mobility transition and for industry to air their knowledge to students. Also, voluntarily involved in setting up first cooperative supermarket in Berlin based on NYC´s Park Slope model.

AKBAR, Iqbal

is a young enthusiast Indonesian technocrat with the industrial and academic background in the discipline of energy technologies, economics, and public policy. Iqbal holds two Master Degrees - MBA from Technische Universität Berlin Germany and M.Sc.Eng from Universiteit Gent Belgium. His professional working experiences are with Technische Universität Berlin, OneShore Energy GmbH, INPEX Corporation, and ConocoPhillips. He is currently wrapping up two research papers on scientific knowledge production on renewable energies in Indonesia and the theoretical understanding of the sustainable partnership concept (funded by Ford Foundation). Iqbal is a firm believer that digitalization can accelerate the energy transition from the fossil-fuel-based to the renewable-energy-based.


is a young expert in the field of renewable energies. He has several years of experience on job as academic staff and project engineer with strong cultural and linguistic competences. He is currently a lecturer at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg and leads the startup RenErGate GmbH. His fields of interests are sustainable energy supply, integration of renewable energy technologies in power systems and Integrated energy systems.


is a Senior Project Manager at adelphi. He is an energy and process engineer by training and has a specialist focus on energy and energy efficiency. Anton works particularly on developing instruments suitable for the market to promote energy efficiency while taking technical, political and financial aspects into consideration.

Anton has been active as an expert in the energy sector for more than 10 years. He has amassed a wide-range of experiences in the management of national and European projects relating to energy efficiency, with a specialisation in private households, the public sector, and in industry and commerce. He also developed expertise and studies relating to energy efficiency and regularly and personally advised the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) on the development of energy efficiency instruments. He possesses particular knowledge of the topics energy efficiency cross-sectional technologies, heat loss prevention and use, industrial energy management, and energy efficient home appliances, the EU Label, and eco-design for private households.

Prior to joining adelphi, Anton worked most recently as a project manager for the German Energy Agency GmbH (dena) in energy systems and energy services, and was responsible for the topical field of energy efficiency strategies and instruments.

During his engineering studies on energy and process technology in Berlin and London, he focussed on the topics of energy economy, power plant technology, and renewable energy.


is a founder and team leader of Groots, a tech startup founded at GIZ, the German Development Cooperation. Groots sources field expertise from rural people in emerging economies, lets vulnerable communities own their digital selves and enables their participation in the data economy. While Simon’s entrepreneurial career started in music, his professional background as an industrial engineer is in renewable energy project development and -finance in East Africa and Southeast Asia.

CAI, Guotian

Prof. Dr. CAI Guotian is an energy expert and a full Professor working at the Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion (GIEC), CAS. He graduated and got the master’s degree in the School of Geography Science, South China Normal University in 2004; graduated and got the doctor degree in the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), CAS in 2007. Since 2007 Guoatian Cia began to work in Energy Strategy Center, GIEC, CAS. During the past ten years, Guotian has presided over more than twenty researching projects about energy strategy and low carbon development at local or national level. Guotian Cai has published six monographs and thirty papers.


expertise lies in the field of renewable energies, storage, energy efficiency, and energy scenarios. Prior to his work at innogy, he was a researcher at Fraunhofer as well as the German Aerospace Center, modeling and analyzing future energy systems and scenarios.

In 2018 Felix became part of innogy's Corporate Technology team. His responsibilities include the identification and analysis of promising (new) technologies and the anticipating of their impact on the energy landscape. Most recently, Felix is managing and working on projects in the field of Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence.

Felix holds a doctoral degree in engineering from the University of Stuttgart and the German Aerospace Center, exploring flexibility requirements and the integration of electricity storage for Europe. He graduated in Energy and Environmental Management from the University of Flensburg in 2011 and studied Geographical Information Systems at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Felix was a scholarship holder of the Helmholtz graduate program „Research School on Energy Scenarios” and a visiting researcher at Stanford University. Moreover, Felix is an Executive Board Member of the Research and Industry Association “International Electric Research Exchange (IERE)”.

CHAO, Chia-Wei


is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Risk Society and Policy Research Center,  which is a think tank focus on the risk governance, societal foresight, and energy transition issues. He holds a PhD degree in Environmental Engineering from the National Taiwan University that develops an integrated environmental assess-ment model based on life cycle assessment and input-output analysis. In the meantime, his research focus is to combine to sustainability transition theory and energy modeling to formulate the transformative policy mixes to accelerate the energy transition in Taiwan.


PhD Candidate in Economics esp. Energy and Natural Resource Economics

Got a problem? A thing you want to change? I will greatly enjoy helping you to solve it. My greatest passion is discussing and playing with ideas to find optimal ways to solve real human problems in changing environments. I believe the most interesting and original ideas come from the unseemly relation between different areas of study and people’s personalities working under a shared goal. As a PhD student sponsored by KAAD (Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst), I study the role of the aggregator (virtual or physical) in the German electricity market using big data. I believe this brings exciting changes for the design of electricity markets, such as flexibility management, tariff design, distributional concerns, two-sided market impacts, among others. Furthermore, I see the solution of challenges posed by the energy transition as very significant contributions towards climate change mitigation and adaptation goals.

Before coming to Germany, I accumulated 12 years of working experience as Engineer in the fields of Electricity, Construction and Telecommunication (Coordination, Project Management and Structural calculations) and 4 years as teaching assistant for undergraduate logic courses in Latin-America. Furthermore, I finished my master’s thesis on Environmental Management and natural resource economics in Australia under the Australia Awards scholarship.

In addition to research and work, I am very happy to run and read about philosophy, physics, psychology and socio-political topics. Learning about new informatic tools such as machine learning, and code languages is very entertaining too!

CZOCK, Berit Hanna


is a Research Associate and doctoral candidate at the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne since 2018. Her research focusses on market design and regulatory aspects of decentralized electricity markets. Before joining the EWI, Berit Hanna Czock studied Sustainable Energy Science (MSc.) with a focus on Data Science at Reykjavik University (Reykjavik, Iceland) and Economics (BSc.) at the University of Cologne.


is currently working at the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI) as well as studying Economics (Master programme). Before, she worked for two years as an Economics editor for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and FAZ.NET in Frankfurt. In her writing, she focused on current developments in energy, mobility and digitalisation/tech issues. She also served as host at various energy-related conferences. Hanna Decker received a multimedia-journalistic education/scholarship from Konrad Adenauer Foundation. In her Bachelor programme, she studied Political Science and Economics with a focus on Energy Economics.
DEDE, Christine


is a research fellow at the European Institute for Energy Research (EIfER) in Karlsruhe where she works in the research group of ‘energy transition, policy analysis and energy market studies’. Before she joined EIfER, she was a Carlo-Schmid intern at the International Energy Agency (IEA) within the Unit of System Integration of Renewables. There, she focused on geospatial modelling and policy analysis in Indian and European power markets. Having a background in geography and in environmental management she likes to look at the energy transition from different perspectives. Apart from her professional life, Christine is a nature lover, likes to go hiking and engaged in the circular economy movement.
ELFERT, Jan Christoph


is a Public Affairs Manager at Mainova AG, where he coordinates the companies positioning concerning energy policies and implements the strategic political communication of these. Mainova is the biggest utility company in the Federal State of Hesse and one of the biggest public utility companies in Germany.

He completed his doctorate in 2017 based on a study of state and economy in conservative political thinking (based on a scholarship and grants by the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung).  Previously, he studied Political Theory (M.A.) in Frankfurt/Main and european History (B.A.) in Chemnitz.


is a PhD student of Technology Assessment in New University of Lisbon, under supervising and science guidance of Professor Dr. Antonio Moniz. His thesis project is about Technology Assessment as a powerful tool to analyze the impact of urban form on the energy consumption of cities with an approach towards sustainable cities by considering Big Data.                                                                                      

Babak Farham completed his bachelor in Architecture Engineering from Central Tehran Azad University and his master in Technological Architecture in Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran. During his bachelor and master, he has worked on technological and smart buildings aiming at decreasing energy consumption and reaching to sustainability. To this aim, he extensively studied and worked on technological and smart materials for buildings to achieve zero energy and sustainability buildings. Moreover, he worked about ten years in his expertise in governmental organizations such as municipality and private constructional companies.



received 2013 his bachelor degree in Energy and Ressource Management at the HfWU in Geislingen an der Steige. Afterwards he joined the master programme Sustainable Energy Competence (SENCE) at the HFR in Rottenburg am Neckar. Fidaschek wrote his master thesis in 2015 at the Stadtwerke Stuttgart, where he worked afterwards for two years until he joined his current employee, the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart, in late 2017. He is interested in all topics around the energy transition and climate change, and has, among others, experience in the topics energy efficiency, solar systems, (light) contracting and agent based modelling.
FLORES QUIROZ, Ángela Matilde


received her B.Sc. and M.Sc degree in electrical engineering from the University of Chile, 2014. Since October 2015, she is a Ph.D. candidate at the TU Berlin, Germany. She is currently a Junior Professor at the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Chile. Her research interests include optimal power system operation and planning under uncertainty, integration of renewable sources, energy storage systems and demand-side response.


I am passionate about contributing to the global effort required to transition energy systems towards a low carbon future. My research interests cover long-term energy systems planning, modelling, economics and policy. I am currently a second year PhD candidate at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids, University of Strathclyde, Scotland. My current project is largely concerned with developing methods to explore how deep decarbonisation pathways for residential heating will impact energy network infrastructure requirements in the future. Transitioning to low carbon heating in a cost effective way over time towards 2050 is one of the greatest challenges. This is not only a spatial challenge but also a timing challenge that involves many stakeholders. Therefore my project is focused on better considering localised requirements and spatial challenges, such as those related to energy networks, as well as the role of key stakeholders, such as: consumers; landlords; housing associations; local, regional and national governments; energy network owners and operators; and energy suppliers.



Max is a post-doctoral researcher at Eawag, the Swiss Aquatic Research Institute, in the Group of Environmental and Health Psychology. His research focuses on understanding the drivers of and barriers to pro-environmental and health-protective behaviors and developing interventions to promote these behaviors.

Max’ goal for this summer school is to understand where behavior change research and interventions can contribute to achieving the energy transition.



has joined the IASS in May 2018 and currently is working for the ENavi project as deputy coordinator in working package 11 on multi-criteria assessment of energy and climate policies. While and after studying environmental science in Landau in the Palatinate he specialized on sustainable energy economics and worked on techno-economic optimization models for municipal energy transitions. At that time he modelled and analyzed hybrid and sector-coupled energy systems with focus on heat demand.

At his ´wild years` as a young student he founded an entertainment event for sustainable consumption and production in Landau. The project has shown to be a success story for the integration of the university into the culture of its home town and will take place for the fifth time in 2019.

GÖRSCH, Robert


am Robert and currently doing my Masters in Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Netherlands at the University of Groningen. I am specializing in the field of Environmental Psychology and my interest lies in variables that influence individuals’ pro-environmental behavior. Parts of my research deal with the question how fundamental human values influence acceptability of different energy sources. In another project, I am designing an intervention to increase the use of smart charging for drivers of electrical vehicles. The resulting proposal might be used by an organization that is starting a large field trial in which 4500 new charging stations will be placed in two Dutch provinces.
GRAF, Andreas


is an Associate for EU Energy Policy for the think tank Agora Energiewende. In this role he helps to develop scientifically based and politically feasible recommendations for advancing the European energy transition for policy-makers in Brussels. From 2014 to early 2017 Andreas Graf was a Researcher at the environmental policy think-tank Ecologic Institute in Berlin supporting research projects and dialogue processes on German and EU energy policy. He has also worked as a Blue Book Trainee in the Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy and as an International Parliamentary Fellow in the German Bundestag. Andreas Graf studied political science, environmental studies, and Germanic languages & literatures in Germany, the US, Japan, and India, and holds a Master in International Relations from the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and the University of Potsdam.


works as Project Manager in the fields of energy efficiency and energy systems. His key topics are technical, economic and environmental aspects of energy efficiency and emissions reductions measures and programmes. The foci of his work are diverse aspects of energy efficiency, energy management, as well as systemic perspective of energy systems and their transformation.

Prior to joining adelphi, Miha worked as project engineer in the field of technical building equipment. He recently obtained the title of MA Sustainability and Quality Management from the Berlin School of Economics and Law. Prior to that, he received a diploma in mechanical engineering with emphasis on energy engineering from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.



 is working as Consultant at Arepo Consult, a private research and consulting company in the areas of national and international energy and climate policy. She is specialized in analyzing and evaluating (inter-)national programs that aim at reducing greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency or the deployment of renewable energy technologies. Lisa sees digitization as a key factor for decarbonizing the energy system that is becoming more and more decentralized and integrates all sectors. She has graduated with a master’s degree in Economics with a focus on development economics at the University of Leipzig.


Hi everyone, my name is Vera Koopmann, I am 26 years old and I am working as an Interims Manager for innogy SE in Essen. I studied business psychology (B.Sc) besides my job and my appren-ticeship as an industrial clerk + EU qualification and I am currently doing a correspondence course in Digital Management & Transfor-mation (M.Sc). My professional career has started in the procurement department and currently I am working in an agile environment, focusing on talent identification and people develop-ment in the context of the VUCA-World and the digitisation.

In the last years I combined a full-time job with my passion for sports, as I played successfully in the second Volleyball Bundesliga and I am now looking forward to bring my passion, ambition and energy even more into my professional life.

For me personally, success factors in the daily business are networking, exchange and joint collaboration to achieve goals – therefore I am really looking forward to the summer school. Additionally, as I am working for a utility company, I have a strong interest in the digitisation of the energy transition and want to improve my knowledge in that area.

I am looking forward to interesting discussions, to meet many people with different backgrounds and mindsets and to a week full ofenergy and fun.



is a researcher at the German Environmental Agency and an MBA Candidate in Energy Management. At the Environmental Agency he is dealing with research projects on grid expansion and the digitization of the energy sector in Germany. Juri has various work experience from the energy sector (transmission system operator & renewable energy company) and a background in Economics and Political Science.


is a research assistant at the Professorship for Innovation and Technology Management at the Technical University of Munich. Her PhD is related to the analysis of entrepreneurial ecosystems for sustainable innovation and seeks to focus on clean-tech startups’ resource endowments and characteristics that help them in being more innovative and successful. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Management & Technology and a master’s degree in Sustainable Resource Management, both from the Technical University of Munich. During internships in bilateral trade organizations, startups, and consultancies, she gained practical experiences in market analyses and project work – mostly related to distributed energy resources.


As an enthusiastic world-traveler with a background in international development and experience in the German foreign service, I’m currently studying International Energy in Paris. My interests there lie on network-based sources’ markets, their regulation and (geo)politics, especially in Europe and Asia. Upon graduation I intend to pursue a career in public affairs, for which a sensitive understanding of the challenges and opportunities of digitalization is a vital asset. I've already worked on the future of urban mobility, on smart grids and on big data and wish to deepen my understanding of real-world applications of block-chain solutions and other smart applications in the energy realm.
MICHEL, Lionel


My name is Lionel Michel and I am a User Experience Designer at the SAP Innovation Center Potsdam. Born in France, I have been living in Germany for over fifteen years. After having worked for a few years as a web designer in Cologne, I studied Interface Design at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, where I obtained my Master’s degree four years ago. Since then, I have been actively contributing to the design of enterprise software, first as a freelancer and later as a full-time employee. Overall, I am a strong advocate of user-centered design and care passionately about creating products and services that help people cope with the intricacies of today’s life and thrive in a sustainable way. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, biking as well as doing architecture photography.
LIU, Kai


is an energy and low-carbon expert working at the GuangDong R&D Center for Technological Economy(GDTE). He graduated and got master's degree in the School of Electric Power Institute,South China University of Technology in 2011.Since 2011 he began to work in Ministry of Energy Development in GDTE.During the past eight years, He has presided over more than ten researching projects about energy 

strategy and low-carbon development at local or national level, Including energy development planning and greenhouse gas inventory compilation of Guangdong Province, etc. LIU Kai has published nine papers related to energy and low carbon.

 OKUNLOLA, Ayodeji


is a young professional working within the intersection of energy systems research and analysis. He has a Masters in Power Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany and Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from FUTA, Nigeria.

His experiences include positions in engineering support, energy research and policy advisory. He is highly motivated about the global energy transition, as well as the application of techno-economic methods to de-risk access to clean, affordable and reliable energy globally.



M. Sc., is a Research Analyst at the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI) since 2018. Her research focus lies in the fields of sector coupling and the security of electricity supply. Before joining EWI, Lena Pickert studied Economics with a major in Energy Economics, as well as Regional Studies Latin America with a major in Economics at the University of Cologne and the University of Guadalajara (Mexico).  
PREUß, Maren


studies International Energy and Political Science at Sciences Po Paris and Freie Universität Berlin. Parallel, she works at the energy consultancy AURORA Energy Research on the German power market. She gained diverse experiences as an intern at the Boston Consulting Group, Heinrich Böll Foundation and Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt. Coming from an environmental background, she is passionate about regulation and policies to integrate renewable energies.
RÖBEN, Felix


I am an entrepreneur and an expert for energy efficiency and energy systems. I founded a consultancy firm for energetic retrofit and renewable energies in the housing sector after graduation in the Master programme "Renewable Energy Systems“ in 2016. We help private homeowners to decide on the most effective measures to minimize their individual energy consumption.

Currently, I work as an associate at HAW Hamburg in the project NEW 4.0 - Norddeutsche EnergieWende, which is one of five government-funded "smart energy showcases" (SINTEG) aiming at the exploration of conceptual frameworks for a successful transition to renewable energies. I am modeling the future European electricity grid and real-time energy balancing. In the framework of my dissertation, I am aiming at providing proposals for future European power balancing markets focusing on the physical benefits of data publication in real-time. 

In addition, I contributed to a recent study which made us aware of the skills shortage in commerce and industry, which can be traced back to the digitalization and lacking training for IT skills. We will develop advanced lectures accordingly.

SANVITO, Francesco Davide


I am a doctoral researcher at Politecnico di Milano. My research topic is about creating a technology rich and multi-sector integrated modelling framework in order to tackle the challenges of sustainable mobility at national scale. A cleaner and more sustainable world is possible and I want to contribute to it. My passion for sustainability has matured thanks to Honours Programme – Engineering for sustainable development held at Politecnico di Milano parallel to ordinary Energy Engineering courses. My attitude to create something beneficial for the community finds its apex in the development of a project, Blockit, that aims at providing heat to people from computing power. Energy transition starts from us!
SARFARAZI, Seyedfarzad


has been working as a doctoral candidate at German Aerospace Center (DLR) since 2017. Beside working on his PhD, he is engaged in C/sells project, where his research focus lies in modeling and analysis of the energy communities and decentralized generation and consumption structures. He also has a strong interest in deployment of agent based modelling and game theory in energy system analysis. Before joining DLR, Farzad studied Bioprocess Engineering at Technical University of Hamburg (Germany) as well as Chemical Engineering at Technical University of Tehran (Iran).


contributes to “Digitisation in the Energy Transition” area as Digital Product Manager in Auxolar GmbH. Hailing from various professional experience in IT Architecture, Supply Chain, and also Operations Excellence, she is leading the integration of software and hardware development that aims to increase of distributed solar energy’s share in Europe. Maria is currently in her final year of REEM Master Program in University of Freiburg, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a CSCP Certification by APICS USA. Find out more about her in here
SCHRECK, Sebastian


holds a B.Sc. degree in Renewable Energy Engineering and a M.Sc. degree in Sustainable Electrical Power Supply, both from the University of Stuttgart. He is currently pursuing his PhD in the research group of Distributed Energy Systems and Heat Conversion at Siemens Corporate Technology in cooperation with the Technical University of Darmstadt. His research focuses on the development, simulation and analysis of market concepts for local energy markets at distribution grid level. As part of his current research, Sebastian is the key developer for the local energy market within the pebbles project in the Allgäu region.


is graduating from her Master’s in International Energy at Sciences Po Paris in the summer of 2019. She is passionate about the regulatory, political and economic opportunities and challenges of the energy transition, particularly in the electricity sector. Previously, Katia has acquired expertise and hands-on experience through internships in renewable energy and climate finance consulting, the CSR strategy and issues of a utility, as well as energy policy analysis in a development agency. 

Always eager to expand her knowledge and exchange with inspiring people, she looks forward to great discussions about issues related to the digitalisation in the energy sector.


Since 2016 Joern is studying sustainable management and economics with a focus on energy at the university of Kassel. In 2018 he did an internship at the ISI Fraunhofer in Karlsruhe. At the moment Joern is writing his master thesis which looks at possible blockchain applications in the energy sector. The focus is on future scenarios for P2P trade of electricity. Prior to the master studies he worked as freelancer for a German transmission system operator in the field of communication & public affairs. Joern lived for some time in the United States as well as in Sweden where he gathered different cultural experiences. During his spare time Joern is socially-engaged in different projects.

STEIN, Lukas


is currently working as a wind energy consultant. His tasks range from pre-construction energy yield assessments to post-construction performance analysis. He is further involved in the development of new methods and tools for the statistical analysis of timeseries. He also sparked the switch to renewable energy supply within the firm on a global scale.

Before that, Lukas did a B.Sc. in Physics and M.Sc. in Climate Sciences. In his master thesis he modeled the transition of the energy system into a climate friendly future under different conditions. He also worked as a researching assistant at the MPI-M in Hamburg testing alternative radiation transport models through the atmosphere.
His long term goal? A 100% sustainable energy system.

STEIN, Valentin


is currently enrolled in a master’s degree program in electromobility at the University of Stuttgart. The program focusses on the development of alternative drives as well as on the infrastructure needed for the “Verkehrswende”, the German term for a turn to more climate friendly transport policies. 

Valentin previously worked as an engineer at Daimler AG, where he was responsible for the development of high voltage battery chargers for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

Valentin's goal is to support tomorrow's mobility in its progress towards sustainability and eco-friendliness. Therefore, it is vital to take action and to be a part of the global community that fights climate change.



is a Master's student of Energy and Resource Management at the Technical University Berlin. Apart from this, he is working as a consultant in the Policy Department of eclareon. There he is responsible for research activities regarding renewable energy systems and related support schemes in Austria and Germany. He gained knowledge in renewable energies in development cooperation both from a policy as well as a technical perspective.


is the Deputy Chairman of the Board of the second-largest central heating plant in Ukraine. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics at Taras Shevchenko National University. After graduation, she completed the course in Industrial Organization and Introduction to Competition Policy in London School of Economics; and, in 2015, she has also started Ph.D. in Public Administration at National Academy of Public Administration (Kyiv, Ukraine). She had started her career at the sweets-producing plant and had become the financial Director and afterwards the Deputy Director in two years. From 2015, Nataliya has focused on energy sector where she is currently employed. Her interests lie broadly in energy field, ranging from technology of electricity and heat production to digitalization and using blockchain technology in energy sphere. Nataliya is a member of two working groups of the Coordination Center for implementing a new electric power market in Ukraine. As a member of these groups, she prepares proposals and amendments to bills and legislative documents in Ukrainian energy field. She has received numerous awards, including the National Olympiads in Economic Theory Award, and, most recently, the Certificate of Merit for the contribution into the sector’s development from Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine. Moreover, she has published over 15 scientific papers in major journals in the area of Public Administration and Energy Security. When Nataliya is not engaged in professional activities, she enjoys travelling, sports, art, and performing in the theater.
THIER, Pablo



Research Assistant at Copernicus Project ENavi, Department of Resilient Energy Systems, University of Bremen, Prof. Dr. Gößling-Reisemann (lately 2018), Prof. Dr. Kiefer

2015 - 2016   

Project leader of the BMBF project RESYSTRA, Department of Technology Design and Technology Development, University of Bremen, Prof. Dr. Arnim von Gleich

2010 - 2014   

Employment with a green energy supplier in Berlin, area: project management and sales


physics diploma at Freie Universität Berlin, thesis: Surface photovoltage of thin-film solar cells, Prof. Dr. Marta Lux-Steiner, Helmholz-Zentrum-Berlin

Areas of interest

Vulnerability analysis, resilience concept for socio-technical systems, resilience assessment, determination of resilience indicators for energy systems, cyber-resilience       



works at the IASS in the ENavi project as an environmental psychologist studying mobility behavior and how it could change in particular policy scenarios. Originally, she had studied biology, but switched to psychology right afterwards. After 8 years in basic research on how the brain processes language and emotions, she felt the need to do some applied stuff. As she has always been very close to nature and its protection, she chose the field of environmental psychology.


I have been dealing with energy management issues since my bachelor studies in the European energy industry, which I conducted at the Kufstein University of Applied Sciences. My final thesis was written in the course of the project "MONA 2030 - Merid Order Netzausbau" in cooperation with the Forschungsstelle für Energiewirtschaft (FfE e.V.) in Munich and deals with economic implications of different grid stabilization measures for the distribution grid. In the course of my work, I also dealt with issues of social acceptance of these grid stabilisation measures, such as grid expansion.

Between my bachelor and master studies I completed a trainee program at McKinsey & Company, focusing on supporting consulting activities in the energy industry. The subsequent master's degree in Sustainable Energy Planning and Management at Aalborg University in Denmark addressed various dimensions of the sustainable design of the energy system. Meanwhile, I gained practical experience by working as a student trainee at Neas Energy in gas and electricity trading and an internship in Brussels at Euroheat & Power, the international association for district heating. My final thesis was written in cooperation with distribution system operator E.ON in Malmö on "The Role of Regulation for Distribution System Operators in Penetrating LECs (Local Energy Communities)" for the case of Swedish regulation.

Since October 2018 I have been working as a research associate in the SINTEG project "C/sells" at FfE e.V. on questions of electricity grids of the future and flexibility markets, especially in the area of social acceptance and the sustainable design of digital infrastructures.


XIAO, Mengzhu


 Department of Energy Systems Analysis, Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics, German Aerospace Center

Working field:

•Scenario analysis for a sustainable energy system

•Sustainable urban and regional development

•Spatial assessment of renewable energy potentials

•Energy policy

 ZAJICEK, Larissa Jana


is a researcher and PhD student at the Institute of Safety and Risk Science, University of Life Science and Natural Resources Vienna (BOKU). She studied Environment and Bio-Resources Management at BOKU, focussing on energy topics in her master’s degree. In 2016, she discovered her affection to do-it-yourself wind turbines, what started in a student project and led to several research questions considering small and urban wind power. Since she finished her master’s degree in 2017, she is working at the Institute of Safety and Risk Science, mainly focussing on resource efficiency and technology assessment related to the transformation of the energy system. Currently she is conducting Life Cycle Assessments of small wind turbines as well as an energy technology assessment for Austrian cities.

ZHANG, Shuwei (Shawn)


has an education background in energy economics and country experience for work at China, France and Germany. His previous experience focus on the scenario-based energy system modeling in the context of securing climate, where the role of creative technologies and enabling polices are of importance to influence the evolution of the whole system. Today the (disruptive) digital technologies must be added and explicitly represented in light of its potential and all-round implications. In recent years, Shawn primarily works on the power sector and integration of higher share intermittent renewable in emerging economies like China. The attendance of this summer school can hopefully inspire his work and interest.