Speakers and Presentations

Prof. Dr. Kjell Aleklett, President of ASPO International (Download Presentation)

Kjell Aleklett is Professor of Physics at Uppsala University, Sweden, and leader of Global Energy Systems research and the Uppsala Hydrocarbon Depletion Study Group. He holds a doctorate degree from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and worked as a post-doctoral staff scientist, 1977-85, at the Natural Science Laboratory at Studsvik, Sweden. In 1986 he was appointed as associated professor at Uppsala University and later as full professor. In 1978-79 and again in 1983, he was invited to work with Nobel Prize winner Glenn T. Seaborg, Lawrence Berkley Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA. His interest in the global energy situation started in 1995 and has since then grown dramatically. In May 2002, he organized the First International Workshop on Oil Depletion at Uppsala University. Since 2003, he is president for ASPO, the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas.



Thomas Bachheimer, President of the Gold Standard Institute- Europe (Download Presentation)

Thomas Bachheimer is CEO of Commodity Advisors AG based in Zurich and President of the Gold Standard Institute-Europe. He has more than 20 years experiences in trading and has worked (among others) as a market analyst and trader for ALTEA Trading Company LLC, MERIT International Ltd, Greenhouse Capital Management Ltd.  In 2012 he has joined Veniogold im Waldburg, Germany.

Bachheimer has been a regular guest-analyst for energy-markets on CNBC, Bloomberg and N-TV, mainly during OPEC-Meetings. Bachheimer is a speaker at meetings and conferences about the monetary system and publishes articles on the currency, energy and monetary metals.




Prof. Dr. Ugo Bardi, University of Florence, Italy (Download Presentation)

Ugo Bardi teaches physical chemistry at the University of Florence in Italy. His scientific interests are mainly in socioeconomical models of resource management, with a special view on fossil fuel depletion and on the development of renewable energy. He is member of the scientific committee of ASPO (association for the study of peak oil), president of the Italian section of ASPO, member of the scientific committee of the “Climalteranti” group, an association of Italian climatologists. He has published two books on oil depletion (in Italian) and a book on The Limits to Growth Revisited published by Springer. He is also interested in the connection of modern science with the classical world and has published one book on the ancient myth of the Etruscan Chimera (in Italian) as well as articles on the decline of the Roman Empire. Ugo Bardi is an Italian citizen, born in Florence in 1952.


BauquisPierre-René Bauquis, Professor at ENSPM and TPA, ASPO France (Download Presentation)

Pierre-René Bauquis graduated from the ENSG (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie) in 1964 and from the ENSPM (Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs) in 1966 in the Economics and Management section. After five years spent at the IFP (Institut Francais du Pétrole) as an energy economist and professor, he worked for 30 years in the TOTAL group. After twenty years of responsibilities in the natural gas sector, Pierre-René Bauquis was successively appointed Director for the North Sea, Director of Strategy and Planning and finally Director of Gas, Electricity and Coal. He spent the last years of his career (from 1995 to the end of 2001) as advisor to the TOTAL group‘s President, Thierry Desmarest. He is currently Adjunct Professor at the ENSPM (IFP School) and Professor at TPA (TOTAL Professeurs Associés).




Arthur Berman, Director Labyrinth Consulting Services, Inc. (Download Presentation)

Arthur E. Berman is a geological consultant and a specialist in prospect and play evaluation, reserve assessment, risk evaluation, subsurface geological and geophysical interpretation, and database management. With 32 years of oil and gas industry experience, Mr. Berman spent 20 years with Amoco Production Company, and 10 years as an independent geological consultant. He is a staff contributor to The Oil Drum, contributing editor and columnist for World Oil, from 2007 to 2009, an associate editor of the AAPG, past-editor of the Houston Geological Society Bulletin (2004-2005) and past-Vice-President of the HGS (2008-2009). He has published over 50 articles on geology, technology, and the petroleum industry during the past 10 including 10 articles on shale gas plays including the Barnett, Haynesville and Fayetteville shales. He has an M.S. (Geology) from the Colorado School of Mines and a B.A. (History) from Amherst College.



James W. Buckee, Director at Black Swan Energy Ltd (Download Presentation) (watch video)

Dr. James W. Buckee, Ph.D., is Director at Black Swan Energy Ltd. In 1967 he received his BSc Honours in Physics from the University of Western Australia. In 1970 he received his PhD in Astrophysics at Oxford University. From 1971 to 1977 he held various petroleum engineering positions with Shell International and Burma Oil. From 1977 to 1987 he held a variety of petroleum engineering posts with British Petroleum in London. In 1987 he became Operations Manager for BP in Norway. Following this he became Vice President, Development Programmes for BP Alaska. In May 1989 he returned to England as Manager, Planning for BP Exploration. He was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer for BP Canada Inc. in September 1991. From 1993 he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Talisman Energy Inc. where he served as the Chief Executive Officer and President at Talisman Energy Inc. until September 1, 2007


Michael Cerveny, Austrian Society for Environment and Technology, Austria  (Download Presentation)

Political economist Mag. Michael Cerveny is a renown expert for energy and energy politics as well as a frequently requested speaker and expert panelist. He is head of the department for energy and resource related studies at the Austrian Society for Environment and Technology as well as head coordinator of the 2012 ASPO conference. Before joining ÖGUT, he worked over 14 years for the Austrian Energy Agency and also gained market experience with the “Energy-Cabin”  project in Gleisdorf. In his presentation, he will analyse the results of a study, financed by the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund, in which the effects and impacts of a 200USD/Barrel oilprice to typical austrian households were analysed.




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Christoph Chorherr, member of the city council in Vienna  (Download Presentation)

Christoph Chorherr is politician of the Green Party and member of the city council in Vienna with a focus on urban planning, mobility and energy policy. Since November 2010 the Green Party is part of a governmental coalition with the Social Democratic Party in Vienna. Chorherr studied Economics with a focus on Environmental Economics and has been lecturer at different Austrian universities for more than 20 years. Since 1991 he is member of the city council in Vienna; between 1997 and 2004 he was chairman of the Green Party in Vienna city council. Chorherr initiated well known projects such as the first biomass power plant in Vienna, a first large passivhouse settlement and realized the bike city settlements and a car free housing project with more than 250 units. He is founder of s2arch (Social Sustainable Architecture) and Ithuba, a school in South Africa.




Yves Cochet, Member of European Parliament, France 

Yves Cochet is member of the European Parliament (Europe Écologie – The Greens”. From July 2001 to May 2002 he was Minister for Land Use Planning and the Environment in France. (Prime minister Lionel Jospin) Cochet holds a PhD in mathematics and worked as a teacher and researcher at the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Rennes. In the 1980s his research focussed on the neural network theory. For more than forty years Yves Cochet is part of different ecologic movements and has participated in anti-nuclear protests and delivered many lectures on energy, climate disturbance and degrowth. In 2005 he published the book “Pétrole apocalypse”.





Prof. Peter Droege, Professor for Sustainable Spatial Development, University of Liechtenstein
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Peter Droege is Professor at the Institute of Architecture and Planning at the University of Liechtenstein, Chair of the World Council for Renewable Energy, Asia Pacific, and since 2011 President of Eurosolar. He has has thirty years of experience in the practice, teaching and research of urban planning and design. His special focus is on the urban design and planning aspects of major infrastructure changes, in energy and information technology. Since producing the major textbook Intelligent Environments (Elsevier 1998), he has achieved research success as the author and editor of four seminal books on transforming the urban energy system from fossil to renewable: The Renewable City (Wiley 2006) and Urban Energy Transition (Elsevier 2008). Recently released were ’100 Percent Renewable – Energy Autonomy in Action’ (Earthscan 2009) und ‘Climate:Design’ (ORO Editions 2010). Peter Droege is organiser of the Liechtenstein Congress on Sustainable Development and Responsible Investing 2012.



Harald Frey, Research Center of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering, Institute of Transportation, Vienna University of Technology (Download Presentation)

Harald Frey studied civil engineering at the Vienna University of Technology  and specialized in the field of transport- and infrastructure planning. He joined the Institute for Transportation in 2006 as an research assistant and finished his PhD of technical sciences in 2010. Evidence of his activities in teaching, research and practice  are given by several publications and presentations on the topic of transport planning and mobility management. Since 2008 he is also leading the Secretary of the Club of Vienna.




Dr. Daniele Ganser, Director Swiss Institute for Peace and Energy Research (SIPER) (Download Slides)

Daniele Ganser is a Swiss historian who specializes in inter-national relations and international history from 1945 to today. His research interests are peace research, geostrategy, secret warfare, resource wars, globalization and human rights. He is Director of the Swiss Institute for Peace and Energy Research (SIPER) and teaches at Swiss universities, including the history department of Basel University.  From 2001 to 2003 Daniele Ganser was a Senior Researcher with the Think Tank Avenir Suisse in Zurich, after which he became a Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies at ETH in Zurich, a position he held until 2006. Daniele Ganser has researched at the Military Academy (MILAK) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). He has been invited several times by the Swiss parliament and Swiss national television to offer his expertise on matters of foreign and security policy. He obtained his Master in history in 1998 summa cum laude and his PhD in history in 2001 insigni cum laude. He speaks German, Italian, English and French.


Jeremy Gilbert, Managing Director Barrelmore (Download Presentation)

Jeremy Gilbert is managing Director of Barrelmore Ltd., a company providing technical audit and training support to the oil industry worldwide. He retired from British Petroleum (BP) in 2001 where he was responsible as Resource Development Manager for the company’s worldwide petroleum engineering performance and associated research and development program. He joined BP in 1964,  worked as production engineer in Libya, US, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi – prior to eight years in Iran in reservoir engineering posts and as Planning Manager. From 1979, supervised BP’s North Sea reservoir engineering and later managed all BP’s UK petroleum and reservoir engineering activities. Worked in San Francisco as Vice President of BP Alaska Exploration before returning to UK in 1987 as Technical Manager. In 1988 he was appointed BP’s Chief Petroleum Engineer. He has been Chairman of Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh)’s Industrial Advisory Board, a member of Imperial College (London)’s and of University of Alaska (Fairbanks)’s Industrial Advisory Boards, an external examiner for Masters’ courses at Robert Gordon’s University (Aberdeen) and Heriot-Watt Universities.


Nate Hagens, Board of Directors Institute for Integrated Economic Research (Download Presentation)

Nate serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute For Integrated Economic Research. Until recently he was lead editor of The Oil Drum, one of the most popular and highly-respected websites for analysis and discussion of global energy supplies and the future implications of energy decline. Nate has appeared on PBS, BBC, and NPR, and has lectured around the world. He completed his PhD in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont where he studied the relationship between debt and energy on the supply side and the evolutionary underpinnings of behavioral obstacles to changing our consumption patterns on the demand side. He holds a Masters Degree in Finance, an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago. Previously Nate developed trading algorithms for commodity systems and was President of Sanctuary Asset Management, Managing Director of Pension Research Institute, and Vice President at the investment firms Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers.


Dr. Stefan Hausberger,  University of Technology Graz  (Download Presentation)

Stefan Hausberger is Assistant Professor and Head of the section “Emissions” at the Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics at University of Technology Graz with the main activities and responsibilities of measurement of engine and vehicle emissions, simulation of emissions and energy consumption from vehicles and R&D on reduction of vehicle emissions. He further is coordinator of different work packages of successful long term international projects (EU 5th framework, COST, D.A.CH.,..), member of the expert panels on the European Strategic Transport Technology Plan (STTP) and the Transport Advisory Group (TAG). Currently, Stefan Hausberger is coordinator of LOT 2 in the project “Reduction and testing of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Heavy Duty Vehicles” dealing with the development of a CO2 certification procedure for HDV, funded by DG Climate.


Dr. Robert Hirsch, Senior Energy Advisor MISI (Download Presentation)

Dr. Hirsch is a Senior Energy Program Advisor at SAIC, a Senior Energy Advisor at MISI, and a consultant in energy, technology, and management. Previously, he was a senior staff member at RAND (energy policy analysis), Executive Advisor at Advanced Power Technologies, Inc. (environmental and defense R & D), Vice President of the Electric Power Research Institute, Vice President and Manager of Research and Technical Services for Atlantic Richfield Co. (oil and gas exploration and production), Founder and CEO of APTI (commercial & defense technologies), Manager of Exxon’s synthetic fuels research laboratory (coal & shale conversion), Manager of Petroleum Exploratory Research at Exxon (refining R & D), Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration responsible for renewables, fusion, geothermal and basic research (Presidential Appointment), and Director of fusion research at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and ERDA. His education is in engineering and physics.



Paul Hohnen – Paul Hohnen Sustainable Strategies, Amsterdam 

A former diplomat, Paul Hohnen has worked on global climate and energy and sustainability issues for three decades. In addition to providing policy and strategic advice to governmental, business and non-profit clients, Paul has moderated a wide range of international conferences on sustainability themes for bodies such as the UN Environment Programme, the IEA, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, the Club of Rome, and for the London-based think tank Chatham House, of which he is an Associate Fellow. This will be the second year in a row that Paul has moderated the ASPO annual conference.


Mikael Höök, Associate Professor at Uppsala University, Sweden (Download Presentation)

Mikael Höök entered Uppsala University in 2001 to study engineering physics with focus on applied physics. In 2006, he received a scholarship for a research project in applied nuclear physics regarding fusion plasma neutron research. He received his Master of Engineering Science degree in spring 2006. In autumn 2006, he worked as a teaching assistant in applied mathematics in Uppsala University and joined the Uppsala Global Energy Systems Group in late 2006 as a PhD student. In May 2009, he received a licentiate degree in engineering physics specialized in global energy systems and successfully obtained his Ph.D degree in September 2010. Currently, he continues to do research and teach at Uppsala University. His research work primarily focuses on coal production forecasting, coal-to-Liquids, depletion rate and field-by-field modelling of future oil production, energy consumption in the IPCC emission scenarios. Michael Höök is also ASPO International Secretary.

Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert – Hertie School of Governance & DIW Berlin

Since 2009 she is Professor of Energy Economics and Sustainability at the private University, Hertie School of Governance, in Berlin and Head of the department Energy, Transportation, Environment at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin) since April 2004. Her research activities concentrate on the evaluation of climate and energy policy strategies. She got an award from DAAD and was honoured in 2006 as top German Scientist from the German research foundation, Helmholtz and Leibniz Association. In 2011 she was awarded with the Urania Medaille as well as B.A.U.M. environmental award for best science. She publishes her research results in high level scientific journals and acts as scientific representative for the research theme „Energy“ on the science year 2010 organised by the German Ministry of Science „Wissenschaftsjahr 2010“. She has recently published two highly recognised books to illustrate the economic impacts of climate change and energy policy. Photo © by courtsey of Marc Darchinger. Click here for Extended CV


Prof. Dr. Michael Klare, Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (Download Presentation)

Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (a joint appointment at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), and Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), a position he has held since 1985. Before assuming his present post, he served as Director of the Program on Militarism and Disarmament at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. (1977-84).  Professor Klare has written widely on U.S. defense policy, the arms trade, and world security affairs. He is the author of numerous books including : The Race for What’s left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources (Metropolitan Books, 2012), Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy (Metropolitan Books,2008)  and Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum (Metropolitan Books, 2004). Professor Klare received his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University in 1963 and 1968, respectively, and his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of the Union Institute in 1976.


Dr. Karin Kneissl, independent energy analyst (Download Slides)

Karin Kneissl works as independent energy-analyst, university teacher and writer. She authored several books and articles on energy and Middle east related topics. From 1990 to 1998 she served in the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She studied law and Arabic at Vienna University, did several postgraduate studies in the USA, Israel, Jordan and Italy. Recently, she taught several seminars in Turkmenistan and Lebanon, where she works as guest-lecturer in Beirut. Furthermore, she teaches in Vienna (Diplomatic Academy, Military Academy etc) and at the European Business School (Frankfurt). Her publications range from books on the Middle East (The Cycle of Violence, 2007) to diplomacy (The invention of diplomacy, 2009). In 2008 a second and revised edition of the book „The Energy Poker“ was launched in Munich, wherein the repercussions of the current financial market crisis on the price of oil and natural gas are tackled. Her articles on the energy-market have been published in peer-reviewed journals, notably in India, Poland and France.


Prof. Dr. Helga Kromp-Kolb, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Download Presentation)

Helga Kromp-Kolb, born in Vienna 1948, is one of Austrias most renowned, international climate-experts. She graduated from the University of Vienna in Meteorology in 1971, specialized in environmental meteorology (Habilitation 1982) and was appointed Professor at the Institute of Meteorology of the BOKU-University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna in 1995 where she is head of the Institute of Meteorology and head of the Center for Global Change and Sustainability. She holds several awards, such as the golden medal of honor for services to the City of Vienna, the international WWF Panda award and the italian environmental price ”Un Bosco per Kyoto”. Her fields of research include climate change, especially in the alpine areas, air pollution dispersion and nuclear risks. In these fields she has coordinated and participated in many national and international programmes and projects and is scientific consultant to the Austrian government and other organizations.


Prof. Dr. Reiner Kümmel, University of Wurzburg, Germany (Download Presentation)

Since 1974 Reiner Kümmel has been a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Würzburg, Germany.  His fields of research are  superconductivity, semiconductor physics, and energy science. He semi-retired in 2004. He has written a large number of papers and books on the relationship between economic growth and energy consumption. His latest work The Second Law of Economics: Energy, Entropy, and the Origins of Wealth, published by Springer in 2011, argues that we need to begin to incorporate energy into economics. His first paper on thermodynamics and economics was the 1977 “Energy and Economic Growth” (“Energie und Wirtschaftswachstum”), followed up by the 1980 book Growth Dynamics of the Energy-dependent Economy and the 1984 book Energy and Justice (Energie und Gerechtigkeit). He completed his diploma in physics in 1964 at the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt and PhD in physics in 1968 at the University of Frankfurt/Main, based on thesis research done under American theoretical  physicist  and only winner of two Nobel prizes in physics John Bardeen at the University of Illinois, Urbana.


Jeremy Leggett, Chairman of Solar Century (Download Presentation)

Jeremy Leggett is founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Solarcentury and founder and Chairman of SolarAid, a charity set up by Solarcentury. He is also a founding director of the world’s first private equity fund for renewable energy, Bank Sarasin’s New Energies Invest AG (2000-present), which was Solarcentury’s idea, and in which the company has a stake. He was a member of the UK Government’s Renewables Advisory Board from 2002-6. He has worked in the oil industry, among other things researching oil source rocks funded by BP and Shell, and in the environmental movement, where he won the US Climate Institute’s Award for Advancing Understanding. He has recently been appointed a CNN “Principal Voice,” and described by the Observer as “the UK’s most respected green energy boss.” His critically-acclaimed books The Carbon War and Half Gone cover climate change and peak oil.



Dennis L. Meadows, Laboratory of Interactive Learning, New Hampshire

Dennis Meadows is a world famous author (“The Limits to Growth”) and scientist. He is Professor Emeritus and a former director at MIT and of the Institute for Policy and Social Science Research at the University of New Hampshire. Meadows is President of the Laboratory for Interactive Learning facilitating workshops and developing innovative and complex strategic games. Together with Donella H. Meadows, Jørgen Randers, and William W. Behrens III Dennis Meadows is author of “The Limits to Growth”, a report modeling the consequences of a rapidly growing world population and finite resource supplies. The book was published on behalf of the Club of Rome in 1972.  In 1993 the authors released a 20 year update titled “Beyond the Limits” and in 2004 “Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update”. All three versions have been translated into 35 languages. “The Limit to Growth” is one of the most influential publications in the whole sustainability debate.


Dr. Euan Mearns, University of Aberdeen, The Oil Drum (Download Presentation)

Euan Mearns has B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in geology from The University of Aberdeen. He worked as a researcher at The University of Oslo and then The Norwegian Institute for Energy Technology for a total of 8 years. In 1991 he set up a company in Aberdeen, Scotland providing isotope analyses to the international oil industry. His company worked for over 60 exploration and production companies world wide but eventually ran out of reservoirs to characterise and the company was sold in 2001. He is an Editor at The Oil Drum and since 2009 Euan has been an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen. His main interests lie in understanding energy systems, forecasting, and energy policy.





Dr. Richard Miller, London (Download Presentation)

Dr Richard Miller was a trustee of ODAC (Oil Depletion Analysis Centre) in London until its recent demise. He trained as a geologist and isotope geochemist (Oxford, Alberta and Cambridge). From 1985 to 2008 he worked as a geochemist at BP in London, where he prepared annual projections of future oil supply from 2000 onwards. He has published several papers on the subject, from a calculation of global oil resources in 1992 (A.A.P.G. Bull. 76, 489-500) to a study of the changing views of the IEA in 2011 (Energy Policy, 39 #3, 1569-1574). He now consults and advises on peak oil and future oil supply to commercial and academic organisations, and is editing a volume on oil supply for the Royal Society.





Dr. Steve Mohr,  Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (Download Presentation)

Steve’s focus is peak modelling of strategic resources. He completed a mathematics and chemical engineering degree at the University of Newcastle. During this time Steve became passionate about resource modelling and in particular the issue of peak oil. He decided to pursue the issue of resource scarcity by critically determining the likely future of fossil fuel production in the world. Steve developed a model capable of replicating production of resources extracted from mining methods and oil and gas from fields as part of his PhD research at the University of Newcastle. He applied this model to all countries and fossil fuel types in the world in order to project fossil fuel production for the world. Steve has developed the GeRS-DeMo – or Geologic Resource Supply-Demand Model that estimates the demand, production (from mines or fields) and recycling of any geologic resource. Specifically, it can be used to predict the historic and future production, amount of recycling and demand of a metal, fossil fuel, or mineral.



Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Vienna University of Technology (Download Slides)

Nebojsa Nakicenovic is Professor of Energy Economics at the Vienna University of Technology,  Deputy Director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and Director of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA). Prof. Nakicenovic holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Princeton University and the University of Vienna, where he also completed his Ph.D. He also holds Honoris Causa Ph.D. degree in engineering from the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is also Editorial Board Member of the following journals: International Journal of Technological Forecasting and Social Change, International Journal on Climate Policy, the International Journal of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, the International Journal of Energy Sector Management, and the Journal of Energy Strategy Reviews. Among Prof. Nakicenovic’s research interests are the long-term patterns of technological change, economic development and response to climate change and, in particular, the evolution of energy, mobility, information and communication technologies.


Hans-Martin Neumann, Institute of Architecture and Planning, University of Liechtenstein (Download Presentation)
Hans-Martin Neumann works as a research officer with Professor Peter Droege at the Chair for Sustainable Spatial Development of University Liechtenstein. Currently, he is coordinating the research project BAER – Lake Constance Alpine Rhine Energy Region which analyzes the potentials for regional energy autonomy.  Hans-Martin Neumann graduated from the Berlin University of Technology in 2001 and holds a degree in Urban and Regional Planning. He is a PhD-candidate in transport planning at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg and has more than five years of experience in research and over ten years as a practitioner in urban design and planning. His research interest is focused on sustainable and postfossil mobility as well as on interactions between urban form and transport. Hans-Martin Neumann has participated in several inter- and transdisciplinary research projects and is experienced in working with political stakeholders on the national, regional and local level.



Hermann Pengg-Bührlen, CTO at Solarfuel GmbH (Download Presentation)

Hermann Pengg-Bührlen is CTO at Solarfuel GmbH, Stuttgart, the first company world-wide to build Power to Gas plants on a commercial scale. Before that, he co-founded a company operating in the biomass field and ramped up a solar technology department for a roof building company. For more than 10 years, he worked in senior management positions in four multinational industrial and Management Consulting companies. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Social Sciences at Vienna University of Economics, a Master degree in Physics at ETH Zurich and a Postdoc M.Sc. at Vienna Technical University. He has published a book and several scientific papers. The titel of his presentation at ASPO2012 will be: 100% Renewable Energy is possible – energy conversion and storage using the Power-to-Gas technology



Alexander Pögl, Head of Business Development at JBC Energy in Vienna (Download Presentation)

Mr. Pögl has been using his vast knowledge of energy markets to advise national and international oil and gas companies as well as government-related agencies around the world for many years. He is regularly leading high level energy study projects for JBC Energy clients, is heavily involved in the company’s consulting projects and has participated in several international benchmarking audits concerning energy trading and risk management issues. Aside from his research work at JBC Energy, Mr. Pögl is a regular trainer in JBC Energy’s Academy passing on his insights in the energy markets to the company’s clients. Mr. Pögl is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the Diplomatic Academy Vienna, holding a masters degree in advanced International Studies. In addition, Mr. Pögl holds a masters degree in economics from theUniversity ofGraz, Austria.


Christian Rakos, President of the European Pellet Council (Download Presentation)

Christian Rakos is managing the Austrian Wood Pellet Industry Association and chairs the European Pellet Council, an umbrella organisation of the European pellet industry. Educated as a physicist he served 10 years as researcher in the Institute of Technology Assessment of the AustrianAcademy of Sciences and 7 years as responsible expert for renewable energy at the Austrian Energ Agency before assuming his work for the pellet industry in 2005. He has whitnessed the ups and downs of renewable energy in Europe over the past 20 years and focussed on the question of success factors for market introduction of renewables.




Olivier Rech, Co-founder and Director Energy Funds Advisory (Download Presentation)

In 2011 he founded Energy Funds Advisors, a consulting group on oil and energy markets working with a number of financial institutions and funds including La Francaise AM and the multi-asset UCITS funds. He held the position of Senior Consultant at Carbone4 from 2010 to 2011. In his work as Oil & Gas Analyst at the International Energy Agency from 2006 to 2009 he was in charge of bottom-up modelling of oil markets from exploration to upstream investments. He gained extensive experience with geological and economic aspects of oil modelling during his work as Oil analyst for the Institute Francaise de Petrole (IFP) and as a lecturer in oil economics at IFP between 2000 and 2006. His career started as a statistician at the International Energy Agency, a position he held from 1992 to 1998. Olivier Rech holds a M.S. in Energy Economics from IFP France, a M.S. in Business Administration from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Tours, and a B.S. in Economics from the Universite de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour.


Jörn Richert, Bundeswehr Transformation Centre, Germany (Download Slides)

Jörn Richert is analyst for economic and energy issues at the Future Studies Branch, Bundeswehr Transformation Centre, Germany. The Branch conducts scientific, open-ended and unbound-by-directives research to enable the German Federal Ministry of Defence to face relevant security challenges in the future. Before joining the Branch, Jörn has worked with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaf und Politik, SWP), Berlin, the Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST), Copenhagen, and the Institute for the World Economy (IfW), Kiel. At SWP he worked in research projects on “Climate Change and Security” and “Competing for Scarce Resources”. His main areas of research are global energy governance, global oil markets and US climate energy and climate policy. Jörn has studied Political Science, Economics, and Psychology in Kiel and Madrid. Currently he pursues a PhD project titled “Constructing a Theory of Global Energy Politics” at the University of Bielefeld.


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Dr. Helene Schuberth, Senior Advisor at the Österreichische Nationalbank

Helene Schuberth is Senior Advisor at the Economics Department of The Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB), the central bank of the Republic of Austria. In the public interest, the OeNB contributes to monetary and economic policy decision making in Austria and in the euro area. In 2008 and 2009 Helene Schuberth worked as Economic Policy Advisor to the Federal Chancellery of Austria. Before that she was Deputy Head of the Economic Analysis Division at The Oesterreichische Nationalbank (1999 – 2007). Schuberth graduated as Doctor of economics at the University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna and holds a Master of Public Administration (Harvard University, Kennedy School) Among various publications Schuberth released books on financial market regulation, economic policy, gender aspects, the financial crises and sustainable growth. She holds courses and lectures at the University of Economics and Business Administration.


Prof. Dr. Karen Smith-Stegen, Bremer Energie Institut & Jacobs University 

Karen Smith Stegen is an associate fellow with the Bremer Energie Institut and is the KAEFER Professor of Renewable Energy and Environmental Politics at Jacobs University. Her research and teaching areas are geopolitics, energy security, and international relations related to energy. She is a scientific contributor in the NIMBY and DESERTEC projects, and gained extensive experience with geopolitical analysis during her employment between 1989 and 1995 with Amoco Corporation, now part of BP. At Amoco, Prof. Smith Stegen researched and analyzed political, economic and commercial issues, particularly for the former Soviet Union, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Southeast Asia. She completed her PhD in political science in 2008 at Northwestern University, and holds a M.S. in International Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, and aB.A. in psychology from James Madison University.



Prof. DI Dr. Wolfgang Streicher, University of Innsbruck  (Download Presentation)

Prof. Streicher took over the chair “Energy Efficient Buildings and Renewable Energy” in December 2009. This chair holds currently 8 scientists, a secretary and two foreign exchange students. Prof. Streicher was working from 1986 to 2009 at the Institute of Thermal Engineering at Graz University of Technology. He was vice head of that Institute and lead a working group pof “Energy Efficient Builidngs”. His expertise covers HVAC systems, energy efficient buildings, solar thermal energy use (active and passive), renewable energy use in buildings, thermal energy storage, thermal building and HVAC system simulation, numerical methods and energy certification of buildings and especially the systems integration of all these parts. He is co-editor of several books on renewable energies and author of the study “Energy Autarky for Austria 2050″ for the Ministry of Environment.



Theresia Vogel, Climate and Energy Fund Austria

Theresia Vogel – together with Ingmar Höbarth – works as managing director for the Climate- and Energy Fund of Austria (KLIEN.) The Climate and Energy Fund is a major instrument of the Austrian Federal Government for the creation of incentives in the field of climate policy. Before joining KLIEN Theresia Vogel managed the department for structural programs at The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), a national funding institution for applied research and development in Austria. Theresia Vogel completed a degree at the Technical University Vienna and graduated with honors. At that time, she worked as a research fellow for research and development at university. Later in her career, Theresia Vogel developed the branch “Sustainability and Environmental Management” at the FH Wiener Neustadt and developed research in this areas.



Jeremy Wakeford, Chairman ASPO South Africa (Download Presentation)

Jeremy Wakeford is the Chairperson of ASPO South Africa, having been a member since its founding in 2006. Jeremy is an independent economist specialising in energy, resources and sustainability. He holds Master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Cape Town and from Cambridge University. He recently submitted his PhD dissertation entitled “Socioeconomic implications of global oil depletion for South Africa” at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Jeremy has written several research papers on peak oil, writes regular newspaper articles on energy and economic issues, and has been interviewed on local television and radio stations about peak oil and related issues. Jeremy was a principal author of ASPO-SA’s Energy Scenarios report for the SA Presidency in 2007, and of ASPO-SA’s report “Implications of Global Oil Depletion for the National Transport Master Plan” in 2008.



Dr. Werner Zittel, Ludwig Bölkow Systemtechnik GmbH, Germany (Download Presentation)

Dr. Werner Zittel is a Senior Scientist at the german Ludwig Bölkow Systemtechnik GmbH (www.lbst.de), a Munich-based consulting company specialising in sustainable energy and transport strategies and Board Member of ASPO-Germany. He is an acknowledged expert on energy resources, and a founding member of the European Business Council for a Sustainable Energy Future (www.e5.org), a business NGO which promotes compliance with the Kyoto protocol and lobbies in support of climate-friendly technologies and policies at climate negotiations. He holds a doctorate in physics from the Technical University of Darmstadt and worked at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics. His main fields of expertise include Strategies and scenario calculations for new energy carriers and infrastructure. Further, range of resources and energy-economic policy issues. The focus of his presentation at ASPO 2012 will be on Shale Gas Perspectives in Europe.



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