Inspiring speakers from research communities, business and politics will share their views and ideas on smart technology in the transition towards the green economy during Technoport 2012 – Sharing Possibilities. The speakers presented below will share their contributions during Technoport RERC Research, Technoport Talks and the Technoport Summit.
Angeline Kneppers currently works for the Global CCS Institute as Senior Adviser Carbon Dioxide Storage. Her responsibilities include establishing networks for the further development of solutions to support the commercial deployment of carbon dioxide capture and storage, along with strategic recommendations.
Prior to working for the Institute, Angeline worked 18 years for Schlumberger, a technology service company, as Programme Manager in economic intelligence and innovation for groundwater and has a strong background in working with industry and top tier research groups (collaborative projects to develop methodologies and models to optimise the use of carbonate aquifers, aquifer recharge, monitoring systems hydrogeophysics,…). Prior to this role, she was chief geophysicist and worked all over the world as an engineer in geophysics for Schlumberger oil and gas exploration.
Anne Cathrine Gjærde
Anne Cathrine Gjærde is the director of Nordic Energy Research, a research funding institution under the auspices of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Prior to taking on this role, she has held senior positions at DONG Energy and Alectia in Denmark. She received her PhD in Electric Power Engineering from NTNU and has worked as a research scientist for SINTEF Energi.
Anne Grete Hestnes
Anne Grete Hestnes is an architect with degrees from M.I.T. and UC Berkeley. She has been full professor of building technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology since 1985. Her main scientific interest is in the areas of energy conservation and the use of solar energy in buildings, and in 2005 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Chalmers University for her work within the field of sustainable development. She is now Director of the National Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research – Zero Emission Buildings.
Antonia Gawel is an Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA), Energy Technology Policy Division. Antonia is responsible for IEA’s work on monitoring and evaluating clean energy technology progress for Energy Technology Perspectives 2012, and as input to the G-20 and the Clean Energy Ministerial processes. This work aims to develop robust analysis of clean energy trends, to identify gaps in policy action. She was formerly the Deputy Director, Energy and Climate, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and has also held positions in the areas of energy and sustainability policy in the private and NGO sectors in the United Kingdom and Canada. Antonia holds a Hon.BA in Resource Economics (University of Toronto), and an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation (London School of Economics and Political Science).
Arild Underdal is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo and Research Professor at Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO), where he leads the FME centre for the study of Strategic Challenges in International Climate and Energy Policy (CICEP). Most of his research has focused on international cooperation with particular reference to environmental governance. Underdal has served as Rector (2002-2005) and Vice Rector (1993-1995) of the University of Oslo, and he currently chairs the board of Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Science Advisory Committee of IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis). Arild Underdal will participate i the panel discussion “Post Durban, pre-Rio and Qatar and what about Kyoto?- the locking door enigma”, 18 April.
Arvid Hallen is the Director-General of the research council of Norway. He has published articles in the areas of sociology and political science and he has been an editor of several publications and a key norwegian social science journal. He also has a broad experience from national and international research cooperation, participation in research steering groups, expert panels and policy bodies.
Christopher Emerson was nominated Head of Airbus Product Strategy & Market Forecast in 2010. In this position he is responsible for establishing Airbus global strategy and product policy for all product developments and future programmes. Emerson started his carreer in 1996 with Mercedes Benz U.S. International in Alabama. In early 2000, he joined DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (DASA) in Munich/Germany and took part of the team that formed (simultaneous initial public offering and merger of three national entities) European Aeronautic Defense & Space Co., or EADS. In 2003, he found himself back in the U.S. as a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in charge with helping a small executive team to establish EADS North America. Working closely with the executive team and legal entities, he was responsible for preparing EADS North America for executing U.S. defense work and contracts.
Countess Alexandra Christina of Frederiksborg
Countess Alexandra is the patron of a range of different causes: North Sea Oceanarium, Randers Rainforest, Odensen Zoo, The Danish Animal Society, the Danish Committee for UNICEF, Danish Parkinson’s Diesease Association, Danish Association of the Blind, Danish National Girls Choir/DR, The Danish Infant Death Associatoin, The Enligsh-Speaking Union of Denmark, the Swedish Villa foundation and The Tinderbox – A Community Center for Children.
Futhermore the Countess is a member of the board in Ferring Pharmaceuticals and has significant experience in the cross field of business and government at societal level.
Dr. Daniel Lindberg is currently a senior researcher at Åbo Akademi University, Finland, and is an international expert on ash chemistry, especially in relation to biomass (black liquor etc.) and waste. He has published many papers at the highest academic level and has contributed to the development of FactSage at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada. This thermodynamic software is one of the most widely employed thermodynamic equilibrium tools both in industry and academia across the world.
Dr. Dieter Salomon is the Mayor of Freiburg, Germany. The city of Freiburg is a remarkable example in showing what’s achievable when the entire society works together in greening their community. Freiburg is internationally known for its innovative use of renewable energy sources. Dieter Salomon will speak about how other cities can learn from Freiburgs example.
Edgar Hertwich has been director of the Industrial Ecology Program at NTNU since 2003. His research focuses on understanding how society wastes resources and produces pollution in the process turning resources into products and services, and on exploring how waste and pollution can be reduced through changes in this system of material transformation. Hertwich has made important contributions to the analysis of global production and consumption patterns and pollution embodied in trade; as well as the assessment of clean energy technologies. He currently serves as Working Group Leader of the International Resource Panel and as a Lead Author of the IPCC’s 5th assessment report. Edgar Hertwich will participate i the panel discussion “Post Durban, pre-Rio and Qatar and what about Kyoto?- the locking door enigma”, 18 April.
Frank Geels is Professor of System Innovation and Sustainability at SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research) at the University of Sussex. His main field of research is socio-technical transitions and sustainability, where he is one of the leading researchers internationally. Prof. Geels has published extensively on this topic and is perhaps best known for his contributions to the concepts of Multi-Level Perspective (MLP) and Strategic Niche Management (SNM). His work has received great attention amongst those interested in climate change and sustainability and is well cited in the top journals of science, technology and innovation.
Fredric Hauge is the President and founder of The Bellona Foundation. Today, Bellona is an international recognised technology and solution-oriented organization with offices in Oslo, Brussels, Washington D.C., St. Petersburg and Murmansk. Altogether, some 75 engineers, ecologists, nuclear physicists, economists, lawyers, political scientists and journalists work at Bellona. Hauge was elected as vice chairman of the EC’s Technology Platform on Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants (ZEP) in 2007. The same year Time Magazine named him “hero of the environment”. In 2009 he became a board member of the Eu Biofuels Platform.
Mr. Fridtjof Unander is Executive Director of the Division for Energy, Resources and the Environment at the Research Council Norway. From 2006 to 2008 he was Deputy Executive Director and acting Executive Director of Enova SF, a state enterprise responsible for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in Norway. Prior to this he worked nine years for the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, where he held positions as acting Division Head of the Energy Technology Policy Division and Senior Energy Analyst. Before joining the IEA he was a Senior Scientist with Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in Norway and visiting Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley. Fridtjof Unander will participate at the panel debate “Greener economy – Norway’s contributions and the Nordic pathways, panel discussion”, 18 April.
Ms. Gunn Ovesen is CEO of Innovation Norway. She holds an MSc degree from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU. She has been the CEO of Innovation Norway since January 2004. Ovesen has a long track record of top management positions in various companies and organisations, such as the Norwegian Industrial and Regional Development Fund (SND), where she served as CEO, the Storebrand group and the Vesta group. Ms. Ovesen is a member of the board at various companies and organisations, including Vålerenga Football and the Institute for Labour and Social Research, FAFO.
Innovation Norway promotes profitable, nationwide industrial development to both the business economy and Norway’s national economy, and helps release the potential of different regions by contributing towards innovation, internationalisation and promotion.
Hege Marie Norheim
Hege Marie Norheim has worked as an advisor at the Norwegian Prime Minister’s office for several years, and she was state secretary for the Minister of Finance from 2000 until 2001. In 2005 Hege Marie Norheim was elected as the first female vice president in the Word Petroleum Congress executive committee, a position she held until 2007. In June 2010 Hege was appointed head of Statoil’s Climate unit, and is responsible for setting the strategic agenda for Statoil’s climate ambitions and actions.
Dr. Heinrich Stuckenschneider is Vice President Corporate Technology and head of Strategic Marketing of Siemens AG, Munich, with main responsibility for evaluation of future markets and business opportunities for Corporate Technology, along with strategic recommendations. In this Technoport Talk Dr. Heinrich Stuckenschneider will give a Picture of the Future smart, sustainable city. Heinrich Stuckenschneider has studied chemistry and physics at the Universities of Münster and Freiburg, the Ohio State University and the University of Munich, where he received the Ph. D. Additionally he earned an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Helen Marquard is Executive Director at the SEED Initiative and was previously Deputy Director at UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The SEED Initiative was founded in 2002 by UNEP, UNDP and IUCN at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. SEED supports innovative small-scale and locally-driven entrepreneurships around the globe which integrate social and environmental benefits into their business model.
Henriette Killi Westherin
Henriette Killi Westhrin, Norwegian politician representing Socialist Left Party, is newly appointed State Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment, a position she also held from 2005 to 2007. Westhrin has, since 1991, had several political positions. Westherin will open the Technoport Mission Rio student exhibition, 18 April.
Professor Hiroyuki Yoshikawa is now Director General of Centre for Research and Development strategy, Science and Technology Agency Japan where he is leading to design national research programmes for realising the sustainable prosperity in society by integrating sciences, natural, medical, technological, social and literal. Through his recent positions: President of University of Tokyo, President of Open University, President of National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, he developed a method of integration of different disciplines for sustainability research. His academic subject is General Design Theory, which is common through different engineering disciplines. He was President of ICSU, 1999~2003, and worked for its reformation.
Inger Johanne Wiese
Inger Johanne Wiese is a Senior Adviser in Department for International Co-operation in the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment, where she has worked since 1991 on climate change and energy, High-North issues, sustainable development, bilateral co-operation etc. She is currently coordinating the Norwegian chairmanship of the Nordic Council of Ministers of Environment. The Norwegian chairmanship has a focus on climate change and green economy. In 2003-2005, she was a Counsellor for the Environment at the Embassy in Beijing. In 2011-2012 she worked in the EU Commission, DG Environment, as a National Expert in the Marine Unit. She also has a background from the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy(1986-1991) and Ministry of Trade (1982-85). She has a master degree in economics (Cand. Oecon) and another in political science. Inger Johanne will particiapte at the panel discussion “Greener economy – Norway’s contributions and the Nordic pathways”, panel discussion, 18 April.
John Olav Tande
John Olav Giæver Tande is a Senior Research Scientist with SINTEF Energy Research and the Director of NOWITECH, a EUR 40 million research cooperation on offshore wind technology. He is also heading the sub-programme on offshore wind energy within the European Energy Research Alliance, and chairing the work group on offshore wind within the European Technology Platform. He has more than 20 years experience within the field of wind energy research, with focus on grid integration, control and offshore technology. He graduated from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 1988 and has since then worked in Denmark and Norway. He has been with SINTEF Energy Research since 1997.
Jørgen Ranum Krokstad
Jørgen Ranum Krokstad has a broad background within maritime technology and ocean energy. He has the last three years been responsible for R&D within ocean energy and in particular wind energy within Statkraft. Krokstad is managing a R&D program within onshore and offshore wind energy focusing on wind resource and park layout, turbine technology, operation and maintenance, electrical infrastructure, offshore installations and foundations and finally health, safety and the environment. Krokstad has a PhD within marine hydrodynamics at NTNU.
Dr. Kamal Bawa is professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts and recently winner of the Gunnerus Sustainability Award – the world’s first major international award for research on sustainability. Among the research where Kamal Bawa is most noted is his pioneering work on population biology in rainforest areas His wide span of research includes groundbreaking biological discoveries made in Central America, Western Ghats in India and the Himalayas. He is specially noted for the establishment, and as President, of the ATREE Foundation in Bangalore. He also holds a position as a Ruffolo Giorgio Fellow in Sustainability Science at Harvard University.
Karren L. More
Dr. Karren More has been a research staff member at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Materials Science and Technology Division) for 25 years and was named Group Leader for the Microscopy Group in 2006. Her research during her tenure at ORNL has focused on the microstructural characterization of materials for automotive applications, distributed energy, heavy-duty vehicles etc. Over the past 8 years, she has conducted innovative research on polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) and, most importantly, PEM fuel cell catalysts using high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) as part of DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies. She has collaborated on numerous automotive-related materials studies and PEM fuel cell durability and aging studies with other national laboratories and leading manufacturers. In 2006, Dr. More was recognized for her research and awarded the DOE Hydrogen Program’s R&D Award. Dr. More has accumulated over 150 publications, 600 citations, and 40 invited presentations and is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society.
Prof. Kim Dam-Johansen is Head of Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark and Founder and Director of the Graduate School on Molecular Product and Process Technology. He was named Einstein Professor by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Doctor Honoris Causa at Åbo Akademi University (Finland) in 2011. He is also a member of several boards and committees, including the Hempel Foundation and the VGB Scientific Advisory Board, and is the Chairman of the Danish Technical Chemical Foundation. Prof Dam-Johansen has published close to 200 ISI papers and has been ranked as the world’s most cited researcher in Combustion and 5th most cited in Energy and fuels (1998-2008).
Kristin Halvorsen is the Norwegian Minister of Education and Research. She was the leader of the Socialist Left Party for 15 years. Before becoming Minister of Education and Research, Halvorsen was Minister of Finance in Stoltenberg’s second government. Today, she is responsible for both higher and lower education, as well as research.
Kristin Halvorsen will open Technoport 2012 – Sharing Possibilities on Monday 16 April.
Dr. Lina Bertling Tjernberg holds the Chair of Professor in Sustainable Electric Power Systems, and is the Head of the Division of Electric Power Engineering, at the Department of Energy and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) since 2009. She has been with the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), School of Electrical Engineering during 1997-2009, where she became Associate Professor in 2008. Her research interests are within electric power systems, and current developments towards sustainable smart grid solutions, and specifically the application of probabilistic methods for reliability analysis and modeling and maintenance management. Prof. Bertling is the Chair of the Swedish PE/PEL Chapter, and the Chair of the IEEE PES Subcommittee on Risk, Reliability and Probability Applications (RRPA). She is also a member of several scientific boards and committees, including the Editorial board of the IEEE Transactions of Smart Grid and the World Energy Council.
Marc Peters is IBM’s Energy & Utilities Industry Technical Leader for Northeast Europe, an Executive Architect and a member of the global IBM Energy & Utilities Architecture Council. He specializes in the technical and business aspects of Smarter Energy and is leading innovative projects in the Energy & Utilities industry as well as challenging discussions in cross industry aspects.
Mareike Krautheim is an architect and researcher. She has worked in several international offices in Hamburg, Copenhagen and Rotterdam.As Visiting Professor she is affiliated to the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design and the Academy of Fine Arts in Utrecht, both the Netherlands. Mareike’s main field of work addresses design projects and spatial processes that operate at the interface between architecture and research in the context of global transitions. Her latest research focuses on climate generated urbanism and design strategies relating to climatological parameters.
Michael Pawlyn established Exploration in 2007 to focus exclusively on environmentally sustainable projects that take their inspiration from nature. He has lectured widely on the subject of sustainable design in the UK and abroad and in May 2005 delivered a talk at the Royal Society of Arts with Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface. In 2007 Michael Pawlyn delivered a talk at Google’s annual ‘Zeitgeist’ conference and, in 2011, became one of only a small handfil of architects to have a talk posted on TED.com. In the same year, his book ‘Biomimicry in Architecture’ was published by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Mogens Rysholt Poulsen
Mogens Rysholt Poulsen is Vice Dean (International Affairs) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) with a special responsibility for DTU’s engagement in the Nordic alliance NordicFiveTech. He is also the Head of Department for DTU’s Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, DTU Nanotech. DTU Nanotech exploits sciences across the traditional boundaries of technology thereby enabling new and innovative solutions. Mogens Rysholt Poulsen will give a presentation on “Smart technology in the transition towards a green economy”.
Member of Parliament, Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment. Conservative Party.
Nils Kristian Nakstad
Nils Kristian Nakstad is the CEO of Enova SF. Enova SF is a public enterprise owned by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Enova`s main objective is to promote environmentally friendly restructuring of energy end-use and energy production. The energy restructuring is a long-term initiative to develop the market for efficient and environmentally friendly energy solutions that contribute to strengthening the security of supply for energy and reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases.
Nils Larsson is an architect and is Executive Director of the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE), an international non-profit organization. As part of his work with the Government of Canada during the 1990′s, he developed and managed a demonstration program for high-performance buildings. He is the main organizer of the SB-series of international conferences and launched the Sustainable Building Challenge, an international project to showcase high performance buildings. He is also a principal developer of the SBTool, a system for assessing the sustainability performance of buildings that is adaptable to many different regions. Finally, on behalf of iiSBE, he supports the work of several technical working groups. Mr. Larsson is a frequently invited keynote speaker at conferences related to sustainable building and he is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
Ola Borten Moe
Ola Borten Moe is the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy. He has been working in Norwegian politics since 1995 representing the Centre Party. The Norwegian press loves him for his clearly expressed opinions and his tendency to create tension in debates with environmentalists organizations. He is known as an intelligent politician with realistic views and a strong ability to speak openly about the Government’s strategy on energy.
Poul Engberg-Pedersen is the Deputy Director General/Managing Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization whose mission is to help the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN works on biodiversity, climate change, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice. Mr Engberg-Pedersen, who was previously the Director General of Norad, and has broad experience in the field of development, will give a talk on how green technology and nature-based solutions can be used as a component to combat poverty.
Ralf Pasel is principal architect of PASEL-K Architects.He is presently Visiting Professor at the Academy of Architecture and Urban Design Rotterdam and the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design. Previously he taught at the TU Delft, the TU Dresden and was Visiting Professor at the Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Chile. As PASEL-K Architects he and his team work on international projects, addressing all levels of scales, from research to architecture, from urbanism to exhibition design.Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, amongst others the prestigious International Bauhaus Award, the office has created an international reputation as a member of a new generation of architects that combine complex situations, innovative thinking, design and spatial implementation. Ralf Pasel will speak about his experiences to implement architectural design strategies in the transformation proces of informal settlements in Chile and Ghana.
René Kleijn is an assistant professor and project manager at the Department of Industrial Ecology at the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University. He has over 20 years of experience in scientific research with a focus on substance and material flow analysis, lifecycle assessment and resource scarcity. Currently, within the institute, he is working on the development of more dynamic and comprehensive tools that can be used to study the effects of large scale transitions i.e. Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis. He applied these different tools in many domains, including energy systems. In recent years, he studied the apparent new epoch of material scarcity and has performed a series of case studies in which the material constraints for different fossil fuel based and renewable energy technologies have been studied. René Kleijn has co-authored over 30 peer reviewed scientific journal papers as well as many research reports, conference papers and columns. He has been a subject-editor of the Journal of Industrial Ecology and a member of the Council of the Society for Industrial Ecology. He has been involved in over 10 large European research projects on topics such as Material Flow Analysis, Eco-innovation and Life Cycle Assessment. He is also member of the consortia that are involved in two major European research projects that are related to the flagship initiative Resource Efficient Europe.
Sabine Bock, Director of the German office of WECF – Women in Europe for a Common Future and WECF Energy and Climate Change Coordinator.
Women in Europe for a Common Future was created in 1994 following the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, to give women a stronger voice in sustainable development and environmental policy, with the aim of balancing environmental, health and economic perspectives. Today WECF is an international network of over 100 women’s and environment organisations, implementing projects in 40 countries and advocating globally for a healthy environment for all. The German office works in close cooperation with the WECF offices in the Netherlands and France, which all three serve as secretariat for the network activities of WECF.
Sabine Bock holds an Engineering Degree in Landscape Architecture, Fachhochschule Weihenstephan (University of Applied Science), Munich, Germany, with a focus on sustainable development and also an education as a Solar Energy Engineer, Langwied Education Centre, Munich, Germany. Currently she is doing a Master of Public Policy at the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. She started her career at the Munich environmental NGO Green City as project manager in 1997 and became later on the co-manager of the organization. In 2005 she joined Greenpeace New Zealand before she started to work for WECF in 2006. In 2008 she became the director of the German office. Sabine Bock will participate at the panel debate, “Energy for all”, 17 April
Dr. Shaikha Al Maskari is the Chairperson of Al Maskari Holding and Tricon Group, and Chairperson of Johnson Controls And Global Communication, JCGC. Tricon Group is located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and has extensive years of experience from Geology, Financial Management, and Environment Conservation to TQM. Dr. Al Maskari received her BA from the University of London and her MA/PhD (Geology) from Indiana University. Her first love for geophysics led her to a professional career as a trainee geophysicist with the US Geological Survey prior to joining the ADNOC Group in the UAE. Ten years were spent at ADNOC, in petroleum development, operations and management before she assumed the Chairmanship of the family company, Tricon Energy Operations in 1989. Under her leadership and management initiatives, Tricon Group has been transformed into a conglomerate comprising twenty multinational firms with strong international partnerships, six of which are with government linked corporations in Singapore, Oman, Qatar and Portugal. Dr. Shaikha Al Maskari is a board member of Women for sustainable growth.
Shinichi Hirano is Principal Research Engineer of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research at Ford Motor Company. He has been pursuing technology research projects to support Ford’s hydrogen fuel cell technology. In addition, he previously managed Fuel Cell Stack Research, and conducted Design and Release of fuel cell stack for Ford Focus Fuel Cell Vehicle Program. He has been a member of the Fuel Cell Tech Team of USCAR/DOE US DRIVE Program. Prior to his arrival at Ford in 2003, he worked for Mazda in advanced technology research, including fuel cell and electronics areas. He graduated from the Science University of Tokyo and he was a guest scientist at Texas A&M University, Center for Electrochemical System and Hydrogen Research.
Chief Operating Officer of Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA), is an architect by training. He has been with the Development Alternatives Group since 1988, providing research expertise, management capability and strategic direction to teams of up to 60 persons engaged in the promotion sustainable technology, creation of green jobs and fulfilment of basic needs amongst the rural poor. His current work focuses on the incubation of new service delivery models and capacity building measures for enhanced entrepreneurship and livelihood security; foremost amongst which are projects aimed at creating community benefits around the use of renewable energy, particularly through decentralized generation of power
Prof. Steffen Lehmann holds the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Urban Development for Asia and the Pacific, as well as the Professorial Chair in Architectural Design at The University of Newcastle, Australia. He is also the Director of the Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour at the University of South Australia. Prof. Lehmann is a widely published author and scholar and is Executive Director of the s_Lab Space Laboratory for Architectural Research and Design. He is also editor of the US based Journal of Green Building and an advisor to government, city councils and industry. Since the early 1990s he has researched, built and taught in the area of energy-efficient buildings and cities, work which he has presented at more than 180 conferences in 12 countries. In recognition of the international significance of his built and theoretical work he has been invited as Visiting Professor to conduct design studies at leading universities in six countries.
Steinar Asbjørnsen is Senior Vice President of Innovation in Statkraft, Europe’s leader in renewable energy. The group develops and generates hydropower, wind power, gas power and district heating, and is a major player on the European energy exchanges. Steinar Asbjørnsen will talk about growth opportunities for Statkraft.
Steven Burke has since 2009 served as President and CEO of the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, an organization that he founded in his preceding position at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. The Center is a private-nonprofit corporation working to gain North Carolina long-term, responsible, and sustained biofuels capacity; it is judged America’s only agency working comprehensively for all aspects of biofuels development. Mr. Burke has shaped North Carolina’s strategies and activities for life science development since 1984. He is particularly attentive to the societal implications, responsibilities, and issues of biotechnology, forest biotechnology, and biofuels development.
Svein Grandum is Counsellor, Science and Technology for Innovation Norway at the Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo. He has 14 years of working experience in Japan mainly within the energy technology area, from academia, industry and public sector. As Counsellor in Tokyo, Svein Grandum is, on behalf of the Research Council of Norway, promoting research cooperation with Japan, where energy technology is one of the focus areas under the Japan-Norway science and technology agreement signed in 2003. After the Fukushima nuclear accident, Japan’s energy policy is in a transition, towards promotion of more renewable energy. His Technoport Talk will highlight the situation in the North East Asian region.
Svein Richard Brandtzæg
Svein Richard Brandtzæg is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro. Svein Richard Brandtzæg started his carreer in 1986 and has held various positions within Hydros aluminum business. Hydro is a global supplier of aluminum with activities throughout the value chain, from bauxite extraction to the production of rolled and extruded aluminum products and building systems. The company is based in Norway, and employs 23,000 people in 40 countries.
Svein-Erik Figved is currently a senior advicer in WWF-Norway. His key area is cooperation between business and WWF in order to gain environmental results within an environmental and economic frame. He has recently been part of a Green Economy-project resulting in a newly published report; Green Economy in Norway – what is it and how can we do it? He has a broad background as a director at Vestfold University College, market manager in IT Fornebu Knowation, manager in KPMG Management Consulting and as a grunder of a consultancy company. Svein-Erik Figved from WWF-Norway will address the concept of Green Economy in Norway and focus on what it is and what are the barriers and opportunities within a Norwegian context.
Tor Haakon Bakken
Tor Haakon Bakken is working as research scientist at SINTEF Energy Research and CEDREN. Bakken has a wide experience within environmental management and development of renewable energy resources during his professional carrier. Bakken’s present focus is on environmental impacts from development of hydropower resources. He currently leads a multi-million Euro research project on environmental impacts from hydro-peaking, considered filling a large gap in knowledge about the impacts from future operations of hydropower plants. Bakken has working experience from a large number of developed and developing countries.
Torbjørn R. Skjerve
Torbjørn R. Skjerve is CEO, Nord-Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk. Prior to joining NTE in 2002, he was, among other things, the principal of the Nord-Trøndelag College District, Agriculture Director in Nord-Trøndelag and Chairman of Gilde /Norsk kjøtt. NTE Holding AS is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities – both as a power producer, power trades and network owner. The company produce 4 TWh clean and renewable energy from water and wind and it builds, owns and operates infrastructure for electricity and telecommunications. Torbjørn R. Skjerve will participate at the panel debate, “Greener economy – Norway’s contributions and the Nordic pathways, panel discussion”, 18 April.
Tore Amundsen is Managing Director in Technology Centre Mongstad. TCM is the world’s largest facility for testing and improving CO2 capture. TCM, which is a joint venture between the Norwegian state, Statoil, Shell and Sasol, believes that knowledge gained will prepare the ground for CO2 capture initiatives to combat climate change. In his Talk, Amundsen will give a presentation of the work at TCM, and tell how this technology can contribute in a transition towards the green economy.
Trond Giske is the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry representing the Labour party in the Norwegian government. He has previously served as Minister of Education, Research and Church Affairs in the first cabinet of Jens Stoltenberg 2000-2001 and appointed Minister of Culture and Church Affairs in the second cabinet formed by Jens Stoltenberg. He is one of the most prominent Labour politicians in Norway.
Dr. Ulrik Jørgensen is Professor in Management Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark. He has published widely in the areas of user driven innovation, technology assessment, technological innovation, regulatory policies in the fields of innovation, environment and energy, and environmental management. Prof. Jørgensen also has a long-standing interest in engineering education and competence, with a particular focus on the importance of design. His recent research efforts include sustainable socio-technical transitions in historical as well as contemporary contexts.
Prof. Øystein Ulleberg works as a Principal Scientist on renewable energy and hydrogen systems at the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in Norway. He also holds a position as Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in South Africa, where he is the Acting Director for HySA System, a national Center of Competence which focuses on technology validation and systems integration of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Prof. Ulleberg’s main area of research is modeling and system analysis of alternative energy systems based on renewable energy and hydrogen energy technology. He has been responsible for establishing hydrogen energy system laboratories at IFE (2003-2008) and at UWC (2009-2011). He was the Chairman of a spin-off company from IFE on hydrogen storage systems (HYSTORSYS, 2005-2008), and is currently active in various boards and steering committees related to renewable energy and hydrogen technology.
Chairs and hosts
The Leitmotif through the conference will be underlined by three reporters; Nadine, James and Leo. They will follow the Technoport RERC research sessions as audience, they will chair two Technoport Talks sessions each and in plenum on Wednesday - report the moments they found most interesting, pick up on the discussion they found most provocative and share the possibilities they realized during Technoport 2012.
Unni Steinsmo is the President and CEO of SINTEF, a position she has hold since 2004. She has a Masters degree in Physical Chemistry and a PhD in Materials Technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim.In 1996, Dr Steinsmo was appointed Adjunct Professor in Corrosion, Corrosion Protection and Surface Technology at NTNU.She was promoted to Vice President of Research in SINTEF Material Technology in 1997.
Dr Steinsmo is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences, and she has during the years held honorary positions nationally and internationally including Deputy Chair of the Research Council of Norway and Member of European Research Advisory Board. In 2008 she became member of the Executive Committee of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA). She is a member of The Corporate Assembly of Hydro and has acted as advisor to the Norwegian government in areas of energy, aquaculture, maritime, and environmental technology. She was also member of the first High North Expert Group.
Gabriella Tranell has a PhD in Materials Science from UNSW in Sydney, Australia. She is currently Associate Professor at NTNU and director of the Centre for Renewable Energy – a research and education network between NTNU-SINTEF-UiO and IFE in Norway. Her own research is primarily focused on sustainable production of metals for energy applications such as silicon for solar cells. Reduction of waste and emissions in production are key areas. Tranell has also been lead author in the IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Guidelines publications and is active in the EU Education and Training Initiative of the SET Plan (WG Photovoltaics)
Heidi Fossland is Managing Director of Technoport. She has been involved in the development of Technoport from the start, and was a member of the Technoport Board before becoming Managing Director. Her previous positions include Head of the Rector’s office for Innovation and External Relations at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Director of Strategy and Communication at the County Municipality of Sør-Trøndelag, Senior Advisor of the County Mayor, and Visa Consultant at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in China. She holds several board positions and is chair of the board for the Pstereo festival in Trondheim. Heidi holds a Cand. Polit. degree in human geography.
Johan E. Hustad is Pro-Rector of innovation and external relations at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. He has a PhD in combustion science from the Norwegian Institute of Technology. He was Research Manager at SINTEF Energy for six years. He is Professor in industrial combustion systems and energy savings in industry at NTNU and was previous Professor in solid fuel combustion in the Nordic Energy Research Programmee for three years and visiting Professor at Stanford University for one year. He was the activity leader in the International Energy Agency, Bioenergy Agreement for six years. He was Department director at Thermal Energy and Hydropower and later at Energy and Process Engineering at NTNU and Manager of the Center for Renewable Energy at NTNU, SINTEF and IFE. He has been involved in four Start-up companies and is a member in several boards in companies and committees, among them Chairman of the board of Technoport.
Torbjørn Digernes is Rector of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. Torbjørn Digernes holds a master degree in technical physics and a doctorate degree in computer science from the Norwegian Institute of Technology. He is professor in Marine Systems Design at NTNU. He was Dean of engineering faculties at NTNU from 1999 to 2005. From August 2005, he was appointed Rector of NTNU, with responsibility for both academic and administrative matters. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences, and of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences Letters.
He is a member of the Research Policy Committee of the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions. He represents Norway in the Research Policy Working Group of the European University Association (EUA). He is heading the steering committee of EUA’s European Platform of Universities involved in Energy Research and Education (EPUE), and is the EUA observer in the Executive Committee of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA).
Dr. Nils Røkke is head of the Program committee for the conference, and he is hosting the opening ceremony. Dr. Nils Røkke is Vice President, Climate Technologies in SINTEF, Scandinavia’s largest R&D Institute. He is Chairman of the CEER BIGCCS within CCS technologies, holding a PhD in combustion from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology in a exchange scholarship programme with the University of California San Diego (1994).
Dr. Røkke has worked as Gas Turbine Design and Development Manager in Rolls Royce Marine before returning to SINTEF in 2002 as Vice President Gas Technologies and Director of the Gas Technology Centre NTNU-SINTEF. He is Co-ordinator of several large European CCS projects within CCS (DYNAMIS, DECARBit,..), member of the European ZEP (zero emission power), advisory Council and board member of The Nordic Top Level Research Initiative and the Norwegian Climate Change Technology R&D programme CLIMIT. He has been chairman of many large project initiatives within climate change technologies.
Mette Laursen is the founder of LinKS – Leadership in the Knowledge Society. LinKS designs unique top executive programs with the world’s leading business schools and serves as springboard for strategy advice in collaboration with LinKS alumni on a global scale. Mette is also ambassador at Action Aid, Women of Influence, Africa. Mette has facilitated many different processes eg. the Branding Denmark with the Danish Ministry of Industry, hosted the Index conference across ministries, foundations and organizations and orchestred a sustainable Green Growth strategy at the Danish Ministy of the Environment.
Leo Johnson makes sense of sustainability. He pinpoints the trends – from climate change to increased regulation and threats to corporate reputation – then lays out both the risks and the opportunities for business and finance. His key topic is ‘future-proofing’, bringing it into sharp focus (with the same flair for language as his brother, London Mayor Boris Johnson). Leo is Co-Founder of Sustainable Finance, advisor to over 50 global banks and businesses – and now part of PWC. He is also author of Beyond Risk and winner of the IFC Corporate Award for his work with the financial sector. He lectures at a number of academic institutions from the LSE to the Cambridge Programme for Industry.
Aside from keynote and after dinner speeches, Leo has moderated international conferences with the likes of Kofi Annan, hosted the FT Sustainable Banking Awards and helped launch the Carbon Disclosure Project in Geneva. He is a regular commentator on CNBC and frequently writes for the Wall Street Journal, FT and Spectator.
James Bellini has a distinguished track record as an analyst, writer and presenter. After an early academic career in defence and military strategy, James was invited to become the first British member of the Hudson Institute – the US think tank. He then became Head of Political Studies at the Institute’s European division in Paris.
He has presented The Money Programme, Tonight and Panorama. He also spent three years as editor and presenter of Financial Times Television, before switching across to Sky News. Amongst many award-winning credits, he scripted and narrated the 12-part series Nuclear Age. James has served as Chair of a group of corporate communications companies under the umbrella of the ad agency Collett, Dickson & Pearce. He continues to sit on the European Advisory Board of the Global Future Forum.
James Bellini has written or co-authored eight books. His latest, The Bullshit Factor, examines the psychological drivers of 21st century companies and explores the role of the psyche in corporate success and failure.
Nadine Dereza is a specialist business presenter. With a background as a reporter for the BBC and CNN, she was named Financial Journalist of the Year whilst working as London Business Correspondent for Summit TV. Off-camera, Nadine Dereza is a Non Executive Director for WorldSkills London 2011, bringing together young people from across the globe to compete in vocational skills. Nadine regularly presents items on all the major business stories. She is also conversant with consumer finance, online business and many sectors including oil & gas, retail, telecoms and technology. Nadine is an accomplished chair, facilitator, interviewer and presenter.