PLENARY SPEAKERS

Plenary Speakers

Keigo Akimoto

Keigo Akimoto was born in 1970. He received Ph.D. degree from Yokohama National University in 1999. He joined ResearchInstitute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) to work with the Systems Analysis Group in 1999, was a senior researcher in 2003 and the Leader of the Systems Analysis Group and an associate chief researcher at RITE in 2007. Currently he is the Leader of the Group and a chief researcher at RITE. He was a guest researcher at IIASA in 2006. He was a guest professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo between April 2010 and March 2015. He was a Lead Author for the Fifth Assessment Report of IPCC WG3. He is an associate member at the Science Council of Japan, and a member for several advisory bodies on energy and environmental policy for Japanese government including Strategic policy committee, Advisory committee for natural resources and energy; Global environment subcommittee, Industrial structure council; and Climate change impact assessment subcommittee, Central environment council.



Anna Alberini


Anna Alberini received her PhD in Economics from the University of California San Diego in 1992. She is currently a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resources Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. She teaches PhD-level econometrics courses, undergraduate statistics courses based on energy and environmental data, a course in the economics of climate change, and supervises numerous graduate and undergraduate research projects. She is an environmental economist with a major focus on the economics of health and safety and non-market valuation, and an energy economist. Her energy economics research focuses on residential energy demand, energy efficiency decisions and consequences of such decisions, policies targeted as shaping residential energy demand, and on vehicle fuel economy and driving decisions. Her work has appeared in the Energy Journal, Energy Economics, Energy Efficiency, JEEM, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Health Economics, and other journals.



Fatih Birol


Dr Fatih Birol has served as Executive Director of the IEA since September 2015. He was re-elected in January 2018 for a second four-year term, which will begin in September 2019. Under his leadership, the IEA has undertaken its first comprehensive modernisation programme since its creation in 1974. This effort focuses on three pillars: opening the doors of the IEA to include major emerging countries, broadening the IEA’s energy security mandate; and making the IEA the global hub for clean energy technologies and energy efficiency.Prior to his nomination as Executive Director, Dr Birol spent over 20 years at the IEA, rising through the ranks to the position of Chief Economist. Dr Birol has been named by Forbes Magazine as among the most influential people on the world’s energy scene and was recognized by the Financial Times in 2017 as Energy Personality of the Year. He chairs the World Economic Forum’s (Davos) Energy Advisory Board and serves on the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on ‘Sustainable Energy for All’.



Élisabeth Borne


Élisabeth Borne is a French senior civil servant and government official serving as Minister of the Ecological and Inclusive Transition since 16 July 2019. She used to be the Minister of Transport in the Philippe Government since 17 May 2017. She previously was the chief executive officer of RATP Group, a state-owned enterprise providing services in the field of public transport, from 2015 to 2017.



Michael Caramanis


Michael Caramanis (BS, Stanford 1971, MS/PhD Harvard 1972/1976) is Professor of Systems and Mech. Eng. at Boston University (1982 – pres.), chaired the Greek Regulatory Authority for Energy and the International Energy Charter’s Investment Group (20014-2008), was personally involved in power market implementations in England (1989-90) and Italy (2000-03), and his written work has influenced Power Market design in the US and Europe. His current application domain focus is Marginal Costing and Dynamic Pricing on smart Power grids, grid topology control for congestion mitigation, and the extension of power markets to include distribution connected loads, generation, and resources.  He is coauthor of Spot Pricing of Electricity, Kluwer, 1987, and more than 100 refereed publications. His disciplinary background is in Mathematical Economics, Optimization, and Stochastic Dynamic Decision Making.



Laura Cozzi


Laura Cozzi (@Laura_Cozzi_) was appointed the Agency’s Chief Energy Modeller in 2018. As Chief Energy Modeller Ms. Cozzi oversees the Agency’s work on outlooks and forecasts and is in charge of overall consistency of modelling work and resulting messages. Ms. Cozzi is also Head of the Demand Outlook Division with responsibility of producing the annual World Energy Outlook, the IEA flagship publication. The Division produces medium to long term energy demand, efficiency, power generation, renewables and environmental analysis for the World Energy Outlook and other publications.



Anna Creti


Anna Creti is Professor at Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense, where she is also Deputy Director of EconomiX. Previously she was Assistant Professor in Economics at Bocconi University in Milan and Research Director at the “Istituto di Economia e Politica dell´Energia e dell´Ambiente” (IEFE-Bocconi). She obtained a PhD in economics from the University of Toulouse. She has been previously fellow at the London School of Economics, and researcher at the Institut d’Economie Industrielle, Toulouse.She has published in various journals covering several topics in network economics, with a special focus on telecommunications, electricity and gas sectors. Her research interests are in energy economics, industrial organisation, regulation theory and organisation Theory. She serves as consultant for the AEEG (Italian Regulatory Agency for Electricity and Gas), EDF, GDf, OECD.



Helen Currie


Currie began her energy career as an economic analyst, producing economic impact studies for the state of Washington’s Department of Ecology. After completing her doctorate in finance, Currie served on the finance faculty at Elon University, where she also developed student leadership organizations and coached master of business administration and undergraduate students through the finance and economics curricula. In 2001, she moved to Houston and joined ConocoPhillips’ Gas, Power & NGL Marketing risk management organization.
In her current role as chief economist, Currie works to position the company for success by anticipating market moves and trends as early as possible. Her experience in business, government and academia, along with mentoring from a friend and former professor, has helped shape her into an influential leader at ConocoPhillips and in the energy industry.



Ottmar Edenhofer


Ottmar Edenhofer is Director and Chief Economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research as well as Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change and Professor of the Economics of Climate Change at the Technische Universität Berlin.Edenhofer is a leading expert on the economics of climate change. His main research interests cover the impact of technological change on the costs and strategies of climate change mitigation, public finance, distributional effects of climate policy instruments, scientific policy advice and the science-policy-interface as well as inequality research. Edenhofer was pioneering in giving PIK a social science research agenda providing rigorous and meaningful information on climate change mitigation to society.



Bassam Fattouh


Dr. Bassam Fattouh is the Director of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He specialises in international oil pricing systems, OPEC pricing power, security of Middle Eastern oil supplies, and the dynamics of oil prices and oil price differentials. He has published a variety of articles on oil and gas topics and his publications have appeared in academic and professional journals. Dr. Fattouh served as a member of an independent expert group established to provide recommendations to the 12th International Energy Forum (IEF) Ministerial Meeting for strengthening the architecture of the producer-consumer dialogue through the IEF. He also acts as an adviser to governments and industry, and is a regular speaker at international conferences.



Olivier Grabette


Olivier GRABETTE, graduated from ENSAE, is Executive Vice-President of RTE – Member of the Board in charge of Economy, R&D, Expertise and IT since 2015. He spent the beginning of his career in the engineering department of EDF in France and abroad.
He joined RTE in 2002 to manage the West Maintenance Direction. After that, he worked for the top-management of the National Center for Grid Expertise of RTE. In 2012, he created the R&D Department of RTE and has been responsible since 2014 for Economy and R&D. In April 2018, he has been elected as President of the ThinkSmartGrids association (after having been its Vice President).



Stéphane Hallegatte


Stéphane Hallegatte is a lead economist with the Climate Change Group of the World Bank. Mr. Hallegatte holds engineering degrees from the Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) and the Ecole Nationale de la Météorologie (Toulouse), a master's degree in meteorology and climatology from the Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse) and a Ph.D in economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris).
He joined the World Bank in 2012 after 10 years of academic research in environmental economics and climate science for Météo-France, the Centre International de Recherche sur l’Environnement et le Développement, and Stanford University. His research interests include the economics of natural disasters and risk management, climate change adaptation, urban policy and economics, climate change mitigation, and green growth.



Franziska Holz


Franziska Holz  is Head of the Research Area “Resource and Environmental Markets” at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin) where she also serves as Deputy Head of the Department Energy, Transportation, Environment. Dr. Holz is an economist by training and obtained her Master degree in International Economics at Paris 1 University Paris-Sorbonne (2003) and her PhD in Energy Economics at TU Berlin (2009). Dr. Holz’ research focuses on the long-term perspectives of the global and European markets of natural gas, oil, and coal, including questions of market power and supply security. Today, these fossil resource markets must increasingly be analyzed in the context of climate change. Dr. Holz’ current research interests particularly are the interaction of fossil resource owners / producers with climate policies, asset stranding, as well as pathways for climate-friendly, low-carbon energy transition. Much of her research is based on the development and application of numerical models, such as the Global Gas Model and COALMOD-World; several models are available open source.



Amy Myers Jaffe


Amy Myers Jaffe is the David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment and director of the program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations. A leading expert on global energy policy, geopolitical risk and energy and sustainability, Jaffe previously served as executive director for energy and sustainability at the University of California, Davis and senior advisor for energy and sustainability at Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the University of California, Regents. She was also formerly a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Prior to joining the University of California, Davis, Jaffe served as founding director of the Energy Forum at Rice University's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and its Wallace S. Wilson fellow for energy studies. She has taught energy policy, business, and sustainability courses at Rice University, University of California, Davis, and Yale University.



Matthew E. Kahn


Matthew E. Kahn is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Economics and Business at Johns Hopkins University and the Director of JHU's 21st Century Cities Initiative . He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at IZA. He has taught at Columbia, the Fletcher School at Tufts University, UCLA and USC. He has served as a Visiting Professor at Harvard and Stanford and as the Low Tuck Kwong Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and the London School of Economics. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. He is the author of Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment (Brookings Institution Press 2006) and the co-author (joint with Dora L. Costa) of Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War (Princeton University Press 2009). He is also the author of Climatopolis (Basic Books 2010) and Blue Skies over Beijing: Economic Growth and the Environment in China (joint with Siqi Zheng published by Princeton Press in 2016). He has also published three other Amazon Kindle books on urban economics and microeconomics. His research focuses on urban and environmental economics.



Willet Kempton


Willett Kempton is Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, and in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, at the University of Delaware.  He is Affiliated Professor at Danish Technical University. Dr. Kempton directs about 10 professional researchers and graduate students in research on clean energy technologies.  He lectures widely and publishes scientific and technical articles on offshore wind power, electric transportation, and energy analysis. Kempton created the concept of using electric vehicles to provide grid services, and has four patents for technologies integrating electric vehicles with the power grid. He has also led ground-breaking analysis and policy recommendations on the cost of offshore wind power and on new deployment methods for offshore wind turbines.  See  URLs https://crew.udel.edu/v2g/  and  https://crew.udel.edu/wind-power/  or twitter @WillettKempton



Hoesung Lee


Dr. Hoesung Lee is Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), elected since October 2015, and Endowed Chair Professor at Korea University Graduate School of Energy and Environment, Seoul, Korea. His research encompasses the economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Korean Academy of Environmental Sciences, and chair of the Asian Development Bank President’s Advisory Board on Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Lee was the founding president of the Korea Energy Economics Institute — a government agency for national energy policy development. He was Distinguished Research Fellow at the Korea Environment Institute, senior adviser to the Minister of Energy and Resources and the Minister of Environment, senior fellow at the Korea Development Institute and economist at Exxon Company USA. He served as the president of the International Association for Energy Economics, president of the Korea Resources Economics Association, member of the International Advisory Board of the Battelle-Pacific Northwest National Lab, USA, the Board of Directors of Hyundai Corporation and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan, and council member of the Global Green Growth Institute. He received his B.A. from Seoul National University and Ph.D. in economics from Rutgers University, USA. He was named to the 2019 TIME 100 Most Influential People in the world.



Jean-Bernard Lévy


Born in Suresnes, France, on March 18 1955, Jean-Bernard Lévy is a graduate of École Polytechnique (class of 1973) and Telecom Paris Tech. In 1979 he began his career at France Télécom 1979 as an engineer in Angers. In 1982 he became responsible for the management of senior executives and staff budgets at headquarters, and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Head of Human Resources. Starting in 1986 he served as an advisor to Gérard Longuet, the French Minister for Postal Services & Telecommunications. From 1988 to 1993 led the Telecommunications Satellites division of Matra Espace, which became Matra Marconi Space. In 1993 and 1994 he served as Chief of Staff to Gérard Longuet, the French Minister for Industry, Postal Services & Telecommunications, and Foreign Trade. In 1995 he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Matra Communication. In 1998 he became CEO, then managing partner at Oddo & Cie.
In the summer of 2002 joined Vivendi, where he was CEO until April 2005. Starting in April 2005, he was Chairman of its Management Board, a position he held until June 2012.
From December 2012 until November 2014, he served as Chairman and CEO of Thales Group, which is specialised in the aerospace and defence industris.
Since 26 November 2014 is Chairman and CEO of EDF Group.



Yves Maigne


Since the 1980s, Yves Maigne has been involved in the field of limitation of greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energies.
He worked as an engineer with Leroy Somer in solar and hydraulic energy, then with Photowatt, before joining the Energies for the World Foundation.
Its objective is to promote the electrification of rural localities with renewable energies, securing a double impact on local development and respect for the environment.  



Charles F. Mason


Charles F. Mason is the H. A. "Dave" True, Jr. Chair in Petroleum and Natural Gas Economics in the Department of Economics and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Business at the University of Wyoming. He is an internationally known scholar with over 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. He served as the managing editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (the top international journal in the field of Environmental and Resource Economics), from 2006 to 2011. Currently, he is a Co-Editor for Economic Inquiry, an Associate Editor of the European Economic Review, joint editor-in-chief of Strategic Behavior and the Environment, and a Co-Editor for the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. He earned a double B.A. in Economics and Mathematics in 1977 and a Ph.D. in Economics in 1983, all at the University of California at Berkeley. 



Tatiana Mitrova


Tatiana Mitrova is a scientific advisor at the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ERI RAS), Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, Associate Research Fellow at Russia/NIS Center in Institut Francais des Relations Internationales (IFRI), Distinguished Research Fellow at Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ). More than twenty years of experience in the analyses of the Russian and global energy markets, including production, transportation, demand, energy policy, pricing and market restructuring. Head of the annual “Global and Russian Energy Outlook up to 2040” project. Board Member of «Schlumberger NV». Member of the Governmental Commission of the Russian Federation on fuel and energy complex. Dr. Mitrova is a graduate of Moscow State University’s Economics Department. Visiting Professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) Paris School of International Affairs. She has more than 120 publications in scientific and business journals and four books.



Teresa Ribera Rodríguez


Teresa Ribera has been Spain’s minister for the ecological transition since June 2018. Before then, she had been the director of IDDRI (Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations) in Paris since 2014. Between 2008 and 2011, Ribera was Spain’s secretary of state for climate change. She has also been an assistant professor in public law at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.



Christian de Perthuis


Christian de Perthuis is an Associate Professor of economics at the University of Paris-Dauphine, scientific director of the Climate Economics Chair and member of the CEDD (Economic Council for Sustainable Development).
He contributed to the implementation of domestic projects in France. Having established contacts with several foreign research centers (CEEPR of MIT, University College of Dublin, Stanford University, Öko Institute), he is recognized as one of the international specialists in the economics of climate change. He is the author of numerous articles and books (Sustainable development, 2008; Finance otherwise, 2005).



Jörg Peters


Jörg is heading the research group “Climate Change in Developing Countries” at RWI and Professor at University of Passau. His research focus is on environmental and development economics as well as evaluation methodologies. In this context, Jörg leads a set of research projects that study rural markets for improved technologies and infrastructure interventions using experimental and quasi-experimental methods. He furthermore led an international consortium that was appointed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to evaluate development activities in the energy sector in four countries spanning Africa and Asia. In addition, he designed the methodology and supervised the survey implementation of various evaluation studies in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Indonesia, Rwanda, Mozambique, Senegal, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia. Jörg has advised several international organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, 3ie, FMO, MCC, and GIZ.



Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga

Ignacio J. Pérez-Arriaga. MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and Electrical Engineer from Comillas University in Madrid, Spain. Visiting professor at MIT (2008-present). Professor at Comillas University; founder and director (1984-1994) of its Institute for Research in Technology (IIT). Professor and Director of Training at the Florence School of Regulation. Life member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering. Fellow and Life Member of IEEE. Commissioner at the Spanish Electricity Regulatory Commission (1995-2000). Independent Member of the Irish Single Electricity Market Committee (2007-2012). Member of the Board of Appeal of the EU Agency for the Coordination of Energy Regulators (2011-2016). Consultant and lecturer in about 40 countries. Currently researching on future trends in power systems, electrification planning in developing countries, and strategic issues in universal energy access.



Michael Pollitt


Professor Pollitt is a member of the editorial boards of The Energy JournalReview of Industrial OrganizationCompetition and Regulation in Network IndustriesEconomics of Energy and Environmental Policy and Utilities Policy. He is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research (CBR). He is currently a member of Ofwat's Water 2020 advisory board and on the National Infrastructure Commission's Regulatory Challenge Panel. He is a member of the Council of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE). He is also a Joint Academic Director at the CERRE Centre on Regulation in Europe. Since 2000 he has been convenor of the Association of Christian Economists, UK. Professor Pollitt has advised the UK Competition Commission, the New Zealand Commerce Commission, Ofgem, Ofwat, ESRC, the Norwegian Research Council, the DTI, the World Bank and the European Commission. He has also consulted for National Grid, AWG, EdF, Eneco, Nuon, Roche and TenneT.



Patrick Pouyanné


Patrick Pouyanné started his career in 1989 at the French ministry of industry. In January 1997, he joined the petroleum company Elf as general secretary for the Angolan subsidiary. In 2000 Total absorbed Elf and Pouyanné kept his position in this new French conglomerate that joined the ten most important petroleum groups in the world. In 2002 he became Total's senior vice president of the exploration production department in charge of the finance, economics and information systems and then in charge of strategy business development and R&D in 2006. In May 2006 he joined Total's management committee, and was named deputy general manager of the refining and chemistry department in 2011. He joined Total's executive committee and was named president of the refining chemicals department in 2012.  In October 2014, following the death of Christophe de Margerie, CEO of the group, it was decided to separate the functions of "president of the board of directors" and "executive director". Pouyanné was appointed CEO and president of the executive committee. In May 2015, he was elected as a member of the board of directors of Total. In December Pouyanné was appointed chairman and CEO of Total, combining both roles.



Adam Sieminski

Adam Sieminski is President of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center. KAPSARC is an independent, non-profit, research think tank located in Riyadh. Its mission is to advance the understanding of energy, economics, and the environment, acting as a catalyst for dialogue.

Prior to joining KAPSARC, Mr. Sieminski held the James Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington.  Sieminski served as Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the statistical and analytical division of the U.S. Department of Energy in 2012-2016.  While awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation for the EIA appointment, he was the Senior Director for Energy and Environment of the U.S. National Security Council at the White House.  He was previously Deutsche Bank’s chief energy economist and integrated oil company analyst. Mr. Sieminski is an active member of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), a Senior Fellow and former President of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics (USAEE), and was President of the National Association of Petroleum Investment Analysts. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and earned both an undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in public administration from Cornell University.

 




Ramteen Sioshansi


Dr. Sioshansi's research focuses on the integration of advanced energy technologies, including renewables, energy storage, and electric transportation, into energy systems. He also works in energy policy and electricity market design, especially as they pertain to advanced energy technologies. His recent work in energy market design has examined the effects of new energy technologies and policies, such as renewable energy mandates, on spot and future markets, technology investment, and cost recovery. He is currently serving a second two-year term on the Electricity Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Energy and is chair of its Energy Storage Subcommittee.



Daniel Sperling


Daniel Sperling is Distinguished Blue Planet Prize Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, and founding chair of the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and Economy at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Sperling is recognized as a leading international expert on transportation technology assessment, energy and environmental aspects of transportation, and transportation policy. He has testified 7 times to the US Congress and in 2008 was appointed the first chair of the “Future of Transportation” Council of the Davos World Economic Forum. In the past 30 years, he has authored or co-authored over 250 technical papers and 13 books.
In 2019 he receives the Roy Crum award, the most prestigious research award by the Transportation Research Board (National Academies); in 2013 he received the Blue Planet Prize for being “a pioneer in opening up new fields of study to create more efficient, low-carbon, and environmentally beneficial transportation systems,” and in 2010 he received a Heinz Award for his “achievements in the research of alternative transportation fuels and his responsibility for the adoption of cleaner transportation policies in California and across the United States.”
 



Masakazu Toyoda

Masakazu Toyoda has been Chairman and CEO since 2010 at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) which has been ranked among Top-3 energy and resource policy think tanks for six consecutive years, in Global Go To Think Tank Index Reports by University of Pennsylvania.
In addition, as a member of Strategic Policy Committee of Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan, he contributed compiling the Fifth Strategic Energy Plan which was approved by the Cabinet in July 2018.
Making good use of these experiences, he lectures about Energy Study as an Adjunctive Professor at National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo.
He also serves as an international advisor to a number of institutions such as the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), Accenture, the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES), the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research Center (PICHTR), and the Brunei National Energy Research Institute (BNERI).
Prior to joining IEEJ, he served at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan where he held prominent positions namely Vice-Minister for International Affairs.




Laurence Tubiana

Laurence Tubiana is a French economist, academic and diplomat. She was appointed France’s Climate Change Ambassador and Special Representative for the 2015 COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris, and is recognised as a key architect of the resulting Paris Agreement.
She founded and has headed the Paris-based Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), is a professor at Sciences Po Paris, and has previously served as senior adviser on the environment to the former French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. She has been responsible for conducting international environmental negotiations for the French government and has also been a member of the Economic Analysis Council (Conseil d’analyse économique) attached to the French Prime Minister’s office. Since 2013 she has been Chair of the Board of Directors of the French Development Agency (AFD). Since 2017, she has been CEO of the European Climate Foundation.



Catherine Wolfram


Catherine Wolfram is the Cora Jane Flood Professor of Business Administration at the Haas School of Business. She also serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Faculty. She is the Program Director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Environment and Energy Economics Program, and an affiliated faculty member in the Agriculture and Resource Economics department and the Energy and Resources Group at Berkeley.
Wolfram has published extensively on the economics of energy markets. Her work has analyzed rural electrification programs in the developing world, energy efficiency programs in the US, the effects of environmental regulation on energy markets and the impact of privatization and restructuring in the US and UK. She is currently implementing several randomized controlled trials to evaluate energy programs in the U.S., Ghana, and Kenya.



Beatriz Yordi-Aguirre


Beatriz Yordi has joined EACI, the European Commission Agency managing Competitiveness and Innovation as head of unit for Eco-innovation three years ago. She has set up a team working with a Community instrument on Eco-innovation defined as all forms of innovation reducing environmental impacts and optimising the use of resources.Beatriz Yordi joined the European Commission in 1994 working in energy policy making. She has been involved in conceiving, and implementing Community legislation at Directorate General for Energy and Transport in the European Commission, with the EU’s priorities in the area of renewable energies and energy efficiency. Physicist as a background, she started her career at the Ciemat Centre in Madrid and joined the private sector at the electricity utility Union Fenosa in a first large solar photovoltaic energy together with ENDESA and RWE.