Tom Tvedt has been the Chairman of the County Council of Rogaland since 2007. From 1999 to 2007 he was mayor of the city of Randaberg.
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Leif Johan Sevland
Leif Johan Sevland (Conservative Party) has been the mayor of Stavanger since 1995. Sevland was born on 13 September 1961 in Avaldsnes on Karmøy and has lived in Stavanger since the early 1980s. He is married to Anne Iren Selnes.
Leif Johan Sevland attended Rogaland Regional College. His area of study was social studies.
From 1988 to 1994 Leif Johan Sevland worked at the Forus Racetrack where he was the general manager from 1989.
In the past 20 years he has held a number of political offices in the Conservative Party. Sevland has played an active part in local and county politics. In 1994 and 1995 he attended sessions of the Norwegian Parliament as an alternate MP, and he has been a member of the Conservative Party's National Executive.
Leif Johan Sevland is particularly committed to business and industry and believes the municipality has a special responsibility for this sector in the region and for creating meeting places for the various players.
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Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson was elected the fifth President of the Republic of Iceland on 29 June 1996.
Mr. Grímsson has a Ph.D. degree in Political Science. He was a professor at the University of Iceland, served as Member of Althingi (parliament), was Minister of Finance 1988-1991 and served as chairman of the People's Alliance Party.
Mr. Grímsson was chairman and later International president of the International Association Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA), in the years 1984-1990 and has sat on the board since. The PGA is an association of over 1,800 parliamentarians in about 80 countries. The association organised the "Six Nations Peace Initiative" 1984-1989, which included amongst others the late premiers Olav Palme of Sweden and Rajiv Ghandi of India. Mr. Grímsson sat on the executive committee of this initiative. He accepted the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize on behalf of the association in 1987 and has himself received international prizes.
Mr. Grímsson was a member of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe 1980-1984 and again in 1995. He was chairman of the organising committee of the "Parliamentary Conference of the Council of Europe, North-South: Europe's Role 1982-1984". This conference created the basis for the Council of Europe's work on North-South relations and the foundation of the North-South Centre in Lisbon. In recent years, Mr. Grímsson has been advisor to Icelandic firms seeking new markets, particularly in Asia and South America.
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Swedish Margot Wallström was appointed Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Institutional Relations and Communication in August 2004. President Barroso created this post in order to improve the way the EC communicate 'Europe' to citizens. From 1999 till 2004, Wallström served as Environment Commissioner in the Prodi Commission.
Before dedicating herself to the European Union, she spent most of her professional life being active in Swedish politics. From 1979 till 1985, she was Member of the Swedish Parliament. In 1988, Wallström became Minister of Civil Affairs responsible for Consumer, Women and Youth matters and held this post for four years. In 1994, she was appointed Minister of Culture for two years and then Minister of Social Affairs for another two years.
Margot Wallström is also responsible for the European Commission's relations with the other European institutions (the European Parliament, the Council, the European Ombudsman, the Court of Justice, the Court of Auditors, the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee).
In addition, she holds the new role of strengthening the Commission's relations with national parliaments and through them communicating EC’s message to the citizens in the Member States.
The Commission's department under her political responsibility is the Directorate General Communication (DG Comm), whose mission it is to:
Inform the media and citizens of the activities of the Commission and to communicate the objectives and goals of its policies and actions.
Inform the Commission of the evolution of opinion in the Member States.
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Andrew Scott is a Professor of Architecture at MIT and joined the faculty in 1993. He is also an architect, having practiced in the UK and US, and has been continually involved in architectural teaching and design practice since the early 1980’s. He has held various teaching positions in the United Kingdom and the United States since 1982 and is a graduate of the University of Manchester in the UK where he obtained his undergraduate degree and his professional architectural degree. He holds professional registration in both the UK and in the US.
The underlying theme in his work in design research and design practice is the relationship of urban housing, communities and urbanism to contemporary energy, carbon and resource demands. He has organized international symposiums around these issues and published ‘Dimensions of Sustainability’ and has two further books in preparation including ‘Mass Impact: Cities and Climate Change’ stemming from the conference at MIT in 2008. In the US he has maintained a design research oriented practice and design consultancy in Cambridge at the interface of architecture and environmentally responsive design, emergent green technologies, and material resources that has received several national design awards and competition prizes for built and unrealized conceptual projects.
Andrew Scott’s teaching career also began at the University of Manchester, UK and has included teaching assignments at several architectural schools in London, in Canada, and in Hong Kong where he also served as external examiner to the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has served on many design juries and also lectured widely. He is a member of the MIT’s SA+P Energy Council and various Institute Committees, and has coordinated the North American ‘Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction’ awards program. He is also a board member of the Boston Society of Architects. He has worked and consulted extensively with industrial partners in China, Japan and in the UK on design research issues related to sustainable buildings, communities and infrastructure.
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Thor Erik Musæus
Thor Erik Musæus is a MSc in Geology and Mineral Resources from te Norwegian University of Technology in Trondheim, and obtained a MBA from the Ecole de Management in Lyon.
He has more than 20 years of business and project development experience from the oil and gas, and new/renewable energy industry through different successfully filled managerial and project development positions.
International experience through bilateral industrial and technological development between France and Norway. Broad European network of companies and governmental relations linked to the energy and renewable energy sector.
He has occpied several board position in smaller companies and international organisations, and is currently CEO of Rock Energy AS.
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World Council Renewable Energy (WCRE) Bonn, Germany
Dr. Founder and General Chairman of the WCRE. President of the International Parliamentary Forum on Renewable Energies, Member of the German Parliament, Bundestag, Author. Initiator of the German “feed in tariff “ for PV (solar electricity), later copied in Japan and California. Winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize 1999. In 2002 Time Magazine recognized him as one of five “Heroes for the Green century”.
Dr. Scheer studied Economy, Social Science and public Law at the universities of Heidelberg and Berlin. He is a renewable energy pioneer. He has received numerous awards, including the World Solar Prize, the World Prize for Bio Energy, the World Wind Energy Award.
Scheer’s most successful policy innovations have been accomplished:
- The fully implemented 100.000 PV (solar electricity) roof program, the world’s first mass implementation program.
- The German Renewable Energy Act (“feed in tariff” etc) with 16.000 MW installed decentralized renewable energy capacity below 5MW per installation including 14.000 MW wind energy capacity, 40% of total world wind power installations. The Act has provided the major boost for the renewable energy technology industries sector, generating more than 150.000 new jobs and triggering annual renewable energy growth rates of 30 percent. Based on these exemplary results Brazil and China have recently adopted this policy as concept, adapting it to their own requirements.
- Full tax exemption for all biofuels, affording a lower price level for renewable fuels when compared to fossil fuels.
His previous books include “The Solar Economy” (2002). His latest book “Energy Autonomy” (2007) deals with the economic, social and technological case for renewable energy. Die Zeit described it as “The most important political book of the year”. Founder and President of EUROSOLAR.
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Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) Colorado, USA
Physicist, Chairman and Chief Scientist of RMI, has led global innovation for over three decades at the nexus of energy, resources, environment development and security. Educated at Harvard, USA and Magdalen and Merton Colleges, Oxford , UK. Has received ten honorary doctorates, published 29 books, advises governments and major firms worldwide on advanced energy and resource efficiency.
An influential American voice for a “soft energy path”. His works include Winning the Oil Endgame, factor Four with Hunter Lovins and Ernst Ulrich von Weizacker. Co-founded Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado 1982. He has received a great number of awards and prizes among these World technology Award, The Right Livelyhood Award ( “Alternative Nobel”), the Nissan, Mitchell, Heinz and Lindbergh award, Mac Arthur Fellowship, Time Hero for the Planet award.
Car magazine ranked him the twenty-second most powerful person in the global automotive industry. Newsweek has praised him as “one of the Western world’s most influential energy thinkers”. The Wall Street Journal named him one of thirty-nine people worldwide “most likely to change the course of business in the 90s”.
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Senior Vice-President, External Affairs, Toyota Motor Europe .
Graham Smith graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in the United Kingdom, with a Masters Degree in Economics. He subsequently gained a Diploma in Business Administration from Manchester Business School.
Graham joined Toyota (GB) PLC in 1993 as a Regional General Manager, was subsequently appointed Marketing Director in May 1994 and promoted to the position of Managing Director on 1 January 1996. He was appointed Senior Vice-President, Toyota Motor Europe, responsible for External Affairs on 1 July 2006.
Concurrently he also assumed the new role of Managing Director, Toyota Motor Europe London Office, coordinating efforts in Governmental and External Affairs specifically for the UK market. Prior to joining Toyota (GB) PLC, Graham held a number of senior Sales and Marketing positions with Ford Motor Company.
In January 2003, Graham was invited to Chair the newly established UK Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) and continues to hold this position. The LowCVP is a partnership of around 250 organisations who are stakeholders at the forefront of initiatives to reduce carbon emissions from road vehicles.
Members include representatives of vehicle manufacturers and fuels companies, environmental organisations, road user groups, academic and government bodies. The LowCVP develops initiatives to promote the sale and supply of low carbon vehicles and fuels and provides input and advice on Government policy. The organisation also provides a forum for partners to share knowledge and information.
On 1 January 2007, Graham was appointed for a two year term as President of the UK Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). He is also a Vice-President of the UK Institute of the Motor Industry. On 1 January 2008 in the UK he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s New Year Honours for Services to the Automotive Industry.
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Richard Canny was appointed CEO of Think in October, 2008. He joined Think as President and COO in August 2008.
His deep automotive experience includes 25 years with Ford Motor Company, including key leadership roles as President – Ford South America and Director of Global Strategic Planning.
An Australian, Canny began his career with Ford in 1983 in the manufacturing operations of Ford Australia in Melbourne. After rising through the ranks of Ford Australia, he held marketing assignments in Ford’s World Headquarters in Michigan, USA and was then promoted to Managing Director of Ford Malaysia, a joint venture with Asian trading company Sime Darby.
Canny was President of Ford Argentina during the regional economic crisis of 2001 and 2002 and went on to become President of Ford South America, a multi-billion dollar revenue business with more than 10,000 employees, and 7 manufacturing facilities in three countries.
Prior to leaving Ford, Canny was in charge of Strategic Planning globally for Ford. He brings hands-on automotive experience from all the world’s major automotive regions to Think and has managed each functional area during his career.
Richard Canny was born in Adelaide, Australia in 1961 and holds a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
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Star engineer “Mister Volt”, the key man helping GM build electric cars ad is one of the key figures working on the General Motors (GM) plan to launch the Volt electric car.
Frank Weber, one of the key figures working on the General Motors (GM) plan to launch the Volt electric car in two years time, is a unique combination of eco-freak and car fanatic.
"I am convinced that a green future is possible while still having fun with the motor car," the 41-year-old German says.
After completing his studies at the end of the 1980s, Weber spent much of his time restoring about three dozen rare classic cars in the city of Darmstadt.
The Chevrolet Volt combines all the advantages of the electric vehicle with the hybrid cars already available. The sporty sedan is powered by a 160 hp electric motor with a generator providing power once the batteries are empty.
The lithium-ion battery has a range of about 60 kilometres with the petrol-driven generator extending the range to up to 1,000 kilometres. The Chevy has a top speed of 190 kilometres per hour and accelerates from zero to 100 kilometres in eight seconds.
Weber says he was fascinated by everything new from his childhood days in the city of Wiesbaden. He found his classic piano lessons too boring and so composed his own jazz pieces. "I refuse to tread on worn out paths," he says.
Weber joined GM's German subsidiary Opel in 1991 where he worked in the development centre creating the global platform for the Vectra successor, the Insignia. For a time he was flying to GM's US headquarters every week until he decided to stay there in March 2007.
By placing its market focus on fuel-guzzling large limousines and trucks, GM missed the trend toward more economical cars. Arch rival Toyota made inroads in the US market with its "green" hybrid cars.
"GM has given the project top priority," Weber says. Some 200 engineers and 50 designers are part of the team at GM's development centre in Warren, Michigan, near Detroit. By next year the number of staff are expected to be at about 1,000. Another 300 people are working closely with Weber's team on fuel cell technology that will supply energy for the electric vehicle in later models.
Because time is of the essence, GM's CEO Rick Wagoner made his "Mister Volt" head of the model line-up as well as head of the global development team working on the E-Flex system of the Volt. One of the posts on its own would surely bring a lot of stress.
"One thing I quickly learned on this project is that if you postpone things, they often don't work out any more," he says.
At the heart of the Chevrolet Volt is the 180-kilo lithium-ion battery pack. "The battery is the critical element in the project," he says. But he is confident that all performance and safety issues can be solved.
When the Volt concept made its debut at the Detroit Motor Show last year, analysts were sceptical. "Today we are instead seeing a lot of interest in what we are doing," the engineer explains.
To convince customers of the advantages in going electric, Weber promises the usual comfort. "You must be able to sit down in the car and drive it like any other medium range vehicle," he says. The occupants in the car can decide themselves how much power they want to use for the stereo or the air conditioning.
Privately Weber lives an eco-lifestyle: "No meat, no alcohol and organic foods." And despite his high pressure job he needs time off for his family with three children aged eight, six and one. He "recharges" his own batteries by playing a piano he recently acquired in the US.
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Los Angeles, California.
Marketing expert and advocate of clean efficient transportation. Famous from the film “Who killed the Electric car ?”.
Chelsea Sexton is an unlikely car geek; both her work on the General Motors EV1 electric vehicle program and her passion were featured in the 2006 film, “Who Killed the Electric Car?” by Sony Pictures Classics.
She continues to drive the implementation of clean transportation and energy, leading the creation of the Automotive X PRIZE in 2005, and Plug In America, a leading advocacy group for plug-in vehicles. Not a fan of sitting still, Chelsea currently runs the Lightning Rod Foundation, is a Senior Advisor to Vantage Point Venture Partners, and is a Consulting Producer on Chris Paine’s next film, “Revenge of the Electric Car”.
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Founder of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil, ASPO. Geologist educated at Wadham College, Oxford. PhD 1957 Has worked with the major oil multinationals like BP, Texaco, Amoco, Fina.
In 1995, he co-authored a definitive study by a consultancy, based on details of some 24 000 oilfields, which drew attention to the issue of Peak Oil, the results being published in Scientific American, sparking debate.
Author of a great number of books on peak oil and depletion. Among those : “The coming Oil crisis”, “The Essence of Oil and Gas Depletion” and “Oil Crisis”.
His work attracts much media interest. Governments too begin to face up to the Peak Oil issue. He has given presentations to the House of Commons in London, the Irish Senate, and the European Union, and was also consulted by the National Petroleum Council in Washington.
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Dr. Rudolf Rechsteiner, economist (Ph.D.), lives in Basel/Switzerland is a member or the Swiss national Parliament since 1995 and a member of its Commitee for Energy and Environment and of the Committee for External affairs.
Works as a free lecturer on energy and environmental policy for various universities and advanced technical colleges such as university of Berne. He has published a number of books and essays on Energy, on environmental policy and on the Swiss Social Security and Pension Funds systems.
Rudolf Rechsteiner is the president of ADEV Energy Group (http://www.adev.ch), an Independent Power Producer Cooperative, founded in 1985, with solar, hydro, wind and combined heat and power plants organized in public companies.
Rudolf Rechsteiner is a member of the Board of the state-owned electricity, water, heat and gas company of Basel, serving some 200’000 people and the Chemical Industry. IWB works mainly with hydro power, some wind and solar and CHP electricity.
Rudolf Rechsteiner in his home-town Parliament introduced a budget-neutral electricity incentive tax of some 3 €C. per kWh on state level in 1998 as an incentive for energy efficiency.
On the national level he was intensely engaged in the new law for feed-in tariffs and an open electricity market in Switzerland, a model similar to the German Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz.
Since 1975 Rechsteiner is engaged in the anti nuclear power movement. He is president of Nord- westschweizer Aktionskomitee gegen Atomkraftwerke that successfully enacted a 10-years stop for new nuclear power plants in 1990.
In early 2003 he published the book „Grün gewinnt – Die letzte Ölkrise und danach” (Green wins – the last oil crisis and) where he showed depletion curves on oil and gas of many world areas. It was expected that wind energy, geothermal and solar power will grow exponentially and will be able to deliver bulk power for all electricity and energy.
Rudolf Rechsteiner is pushing a Renewable-only Vision politically and has proposed a stronger integration of Swiss hydro storage within the European electricity market.
Rudolf Rechsteiner is a strong critic of the International Energy Agency and its misleading pro-oil and pro-nuclear standing.
Rudolf Rechsteiner has some professional experience with hydro power and thinks that existing hydro power storage is crucial for wind energy and renewable energy capacity management. He is convinced that within a good legal framework electricity from renewables will develop as a least cost strategy in economic as well as in ecological terms, probably within less than two decades only. Additionally there is vast potential of untapped efficiency. These technologies can offset the depletion of oil and gas world wide.
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Foster and partners, Architect, London, UK.
Professor Dipl.-Ing Arch. Senior Partner, specialist in ecology, sustainability and energy conservation. Worked on a number of sustainable projects at Foster and partners including the new parliament at the Reichstag in Berlin. Recent projects include the City Hall by the Tower bridge London, McLaren in Surrey and a sustainable master plan for the Green Mountain region of Libya and designs for four plots within the six million square meter sustainable Masdar Initiative in Abu Dhabi including a CO2 neutral new town of 50 000 people. Construction start 2009.
He has also developed a vision for sustainable living and the wider use of renewable energy in the UK with the Department of Trade and Industry. At Foster and partners he leads research and development of new sustainable designs and the use of new materials and methods in construction, establishing a materials resource centre which is available practice-wide.
He recently became Group Leader at Foster and partners, taking responsibility for an international portfolio of education, commercial, residential and cultural projects, which include sustainable master plans.
Since 1995 he has been a professor at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, holding the Chair for Building Construction, Technology and Design. He has led several research projects in this field, some of which were funded by the European Commission. A number of his books including “Sol Power”, discussing the use of solar energy in architecture that he wrote together with his wife, Sofia, and “Glass, Structure and Technology” have been published.
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Urs Muntwyler got his degree as an electrical engineer at the Institute of Technology Bern - HTA Biel. He made additional studies in the “management of NGO’s” and “Marketing for industrial- and investment goods”. Specialist in solar and renewable –energies, author of several books, newsletters and articles since 1986. He has been the co-founder and manager of the „Tour de Sol“, the first solarmobile race in the world (1985 - 1992) in Switzerland, he started the first solar boat race in 1988, in 1989 he founded the “Alpine europeean solarcar championship” and in 1990 the winter race for solarcars “Tour de Sol Alpine”.
He was program director of the Promotion Program for Lightweight Vehicles 1992 - 1998 on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy and organizer of several exhibitions („Solar Salon“) and international conferences („Lightweight Electric Vehicles in Everyday Use“). Since 1999 he chairs the “Implementing Agreement Hybrid&Electric Vehicle Technologies and Pro-grams” of the International Energy Agency and he is examiner expert of the Institute of Technology HTA Biel. Muntwyler is a passionate glider pilot, father of three girls and CEO of two companies in the field of HEV-consulting and solar energies. In all his activities he has a strong support from his wife Dr. Sigrid Kleindienst Muntwyler.
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Professor Jørgen Randers
Oslo, Norway Author of ”The Limits to Growth” (1972) and ”Limits to Growth – The 30 Year update” (2004). Chaired the Commission on Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions who reported in 2006 to the Norwegian cabinet on how Norway can cut is climate gas emissions by two thirds by 2050.
President 1981 – 1989 of the Norwegian School of Management, Oslo, Norway. Professor of policy analysis at the Norwegian School of Management, where he now teaches scenario analysis and corporate responsibility. He lectures internationally on sustainable development and climate, within and outside corporations.
He also sits on the “sustainability councils” of British Telecom in the UK and The Dow Chemical Company in the US.
Deputy Director General of WWF International (World Wide Fund for Nature) in Switzerland 1994 – 99. Jørgen Randers now holds the chair in Climate Strategy at The Norwegian School of Management BI.
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Sue Roaf is Professor of Architectural Engineering at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh and Visiting Professor at the Open University and a Visiting Fellow at Arizona State University. She spent 10 years in the Middle East studying the Windcatchers of Yazd, living with nomads and excavating in Iraq. She has also practised as a landscape consultant in Iraq and the Gulf. Her research interests over the last two decades have centered on thermal comfort, ecological building design, building integrated renewable energy systems, adaptation of the built environment for climate change, carbon accounting and the traditional technologies of the Middle East. She has recently chaired international conferences on Solar Cities, Carbon Counting, Architectural Education, Thermal Comfort and Post Occupancy Evaluation. She have written, co-written and edited numerous publications including ten books.
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Hans De Boer
Hans de Boer is a business-development executive with Better Place who focuses on Europe. He works with governments, financial institutions, automobile manufacturers, energy providers and others to build and operate electric recharge grids at a national level. Once developed, these grids will enable the mass deployment of electric vehicles, thereby reducing a country’s dependence on oil and decreasing pollution from tailpipe emissions.
Before joining Better Place, de Boer served as the organizational director of Greenpeace International and coordinated national offices in 47 countries worldwide. He had a wide range of operational responsibilities, including finance, human resources, IT and legal.
Prior to that, de Boer was the chief marketing officer and a board member of Vodafone Japan, where he was responsible for managing the brand and developing new offers for the Japanese market, as well as member of the Consumer, Business and Marketing Strategy Board of Vodafone Group.
Previously, de Boer was a partner at Accenture in the Netherlands, where he focused on strategy and business architecture for communications, high tech, media and entertainment companies. During this time, he also served as independent chairman of FreeMove Alliance, a worldwide mobile alliance between TIM, Telefonica, T-Mobile and Orange, and founded Vizzavi Netherlands, an Internet start-up offering media services for mobile phones and PCs.
Earlier in his career, de Boer was program manager for MONET (MObile NETworks), an international research programme of the European Commission DGXIII, to create, specify and evaluate the third generation mobile network.
De Boer attended the University of Groningen and earned a degree in Mathematics with a specialization in Computer Science and Economics with specialisation in market theory and industrial organizations.
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Tom De Vleesschauwer
A life-long automotive enthusiast, Tom has been involved in the automotive industry for over 15 years. He is currently Senior Automotive Analyst & Director at the Consulting Practice of IHS-Global Insight. Prior to IHS-Global Insight, he was with the Automotive Group of Standard & Poor’s DRI, and Euromoney Financial Publications. He specialises in consulting and analytical assignments involving competitive, marketing, and business/product development issues. With expertise in determining the nature/rate of new technology adoption, in order to help clients plan for the short, medium and long term future.
Tom is frequently quoted in the media, including Automotive News Europe, Automobilwoche, Vehicle News, Detroit Free Press and BusinessWeek. He has also previously been consulted by CNBC. He is certified by the Institute of the Motor Industry, and pending member of the Society of Automotive Analysts, and was accepted into the prestigious US Who’s Who edition. Tom is a frequent speaker at both IHS-Global Insight and external seminars and conferences.
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Odile Schwarz-Herion, born 1970 in Ettlingen near Karlsruhe, Germany, gained her PhD degree in economic sciences, focusing on Environmental and Sustainability Management, from the University of Hohenheim. An MBA as well as an undergraduate in law, Odile Schwarz-Herion who had previously worked as project manager and account manager in large international enterprises of the car component and electrical equipment industry, is now Sustainable Development Consultant for private enterprises in Germany and abroad as well as speaker on international Sustainability conferences. Furthermore, Dr. Schwarz-Herion is author, co-author and co-editor for books and articles in international journals in the field of Environmental and Sustainability Management. Her scientific focus is the evaluation of the performance of private enterprises in the field of Sustainability and Environmental Management on the base of the triple-bottom line approach.
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- 1957 – 1964 Bombay University: M.A., L.L.B., D.COM. in Business Organisation and
in Company Law
- 1967 Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
under its Programme for Young Executives. : Business Management (Managerial Economics, Business Policy,
Human Relations, Marketing, Management Accounting.)
- 1968 NITIE (National Institute of Technical & Industrial Engineering.)
Integrated Programme on Computers, EDP Concepts,
Organisation, Systems and Applications.
- 1965 The British Institutes of Engineering Technology. Advisory Officer and Registra
- 1966 - 70 Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., manufacturers of utility vehicles.
- Company Secretary to:
- i) Dr. Beck & Co. (I) Ltd. In collaboration with BASF, Germany.
Synthetic resins for the electrical industry
- ii) Mahindra Sintered Products Ltd. In collaboration with Guest Keen Nettlefolds, U.K. Sintered bearings, bushes, metal powders.
- iii) Mahindra Van Vijk & Visser Ltd. In collaboration with Van Vijk & Visser, Holland. High heat class electrical switchgear
- iv)Roplas (India) Ltd. In collaboration with Rubery Owen Ltd., U.K. Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics
- 1980 / 1983 Director
- i) Chatterji Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd.
- ii) Indra Chatterji Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
- iii) Simglass India Ltd.
- Chattelec Vehicles India Ltd
In collaboration with Electricars Ltd.U.K, Cableform Ltd. U.K, Electro Dynamic Co. Ltd. U.K.
- 1980 – 1995 i) Vice-Chairman & Executive Director
in charge of Marketing and Finance.
- 2000 to date i) Chairman & Managing Director
- 1976 – 1994 Worldwide Fund for Nature, (India)
Secretary, Western Region,
Chairman, Maharashtra & Goa,
Involved in: Management, Fund Raising, Field Projects and Environment Education
- Project Co-coordinator for
- Mahim Nature Park, Mumbai
- Mula Mutha Bird Sanctuary, Pune
- Chorao Islands, Goa
- Nhava-Sheva Park, Mumbai.
- Other Environment Educational Projects:
- Education programmes for Decision-makers, students and select groups.
- Rajiv Gandhi Environment Certificates of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation
- 1995 to date Clean Air Island – a society for urban rejuvenation. Convener and Trustee
- 2000 to date Rotary Club of Bombay, Chairman, Rotary International Programmes.
- 2006 HelpAge India
Member, Governing Body, Chairman- Finance & Audit Committee,
- 2008 Trustee, Age Ventures India
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Chetan Kumar Maini is the co-founder and currently the Deputy Chairman and Chief Technical Officer of REVA Electric Car Company Private Limited (REVA).REVA is the brand of the REVA Electric Car Company, a Bangalore-based company formed as a joint venture between Maini Group of India and AEV LLC of California and venture-backed by US investors Global Environment Fund and Draper Fischer Jurveston. Acclaimed by Business World in 2006 as one of India’s ‘Cool Companies’, REVA is a technology innovator and is the first company worldwide to successfully commercialize electric cars.
Chetan has over 15 years experience in developing over 6 Solar, Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in US and India. His prior experience includes working for Amerigon Inc. (USA) and General Motors (USA). As Program Manager at Amerigon, he was responsible for all Electric Vehicle programs and initiated the REVA Project.
Chetan holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan with focus on Solar Electric Vehicles and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University with focus on Hybrid Electric Vehicles. His interest in Electric Vehicles started while at the University of Michigan, where he was the key team leader of the Solar Car Team that won the GM Sun Race in USA and stood 3rd in the World Solar Challenges in Australia.
Chetan holds a patent in Energy Management Systems for Electric Vehicles and has presented several technical and key note papers on Electric Vehicles globally.
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Prof. C C Chan holds degrees of BSc, MSc, PhD, Honorary Doctor of Sciences and Honorary Doctor of Technology. He has had over 10 years industrial experience and over 40 years academic experience. He is currently the Honorary Professor and the former Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the University of Hong Kong. He is the Founding President of the International Academy for Advanced Study. He served as Visiting Professor of a number of well-known universities around the world, including MIT, University of California Berkeley, University of Cambridge, etc. He is Co-founder of the World Electric Vehicle Association, the President of the Electric Vehicles Association of Asia Pacific, and Past President of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. He also serves as Senior Consultant to governments and industries worldwide. Prof. Chan is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K., the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the Ukraine Academy of Engineering Sciences, and the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is also a Fellow of IEEE, IET and HKIE. He received the IEE International Lecture Medal in 2000 and delivered lectures on electric vehicles worldwide. He was selected as one of Asia’s Best Technology Pioneers by Asiaweek in 2001, named as “Father of Asian Electric Vehicles” by Magazine Global View, and named as “Pitamaha (Grandfather) of Electric Vehicle Technology” by the Principal Scientific Advisor of the Government of India. He received the “Environmental Excellence in Transportation Award” from the Society of Automotive Engineers U.S.A. in 2007, and the Honour of “China Automobile Industry Character” in 2008..
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Mr.Duan Ruichun was graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in July 1967, major in mechanical engineering, and received Master Degree of Science and Master of Economic Law in 1981 and 1983.
Mr. Duan Ruichun has taken the position of Official, Deputy Director-General, Director-general, Deputy secretary-General of the Ministry of Science and Technology successively from 1982 to 1998. Mr. Duan Ruichun has also acted as the Director-general of the Office of Intellectual Property Conference Office of State Council of China from 1994 to 1998, and in charge of the organization and coordination of the intellectual property legislation and enforcement within China and the international negotiations. He was the Chief Negotiator in the intellectual property negotiations related to science and technology cooperation with United States, EU?Russia and other countries, and the main representative participating in the intellectual property negotiations related to China’s entry to WTO.
From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Duan Ruichun was appointed by State Council as Chairman of Supervisory Panels of State-Owned Large and Key Enterprises, an Authority in State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC). Now Mr. Duan Ruichun is a senior official of vice Minister level both in SASAC and MOST, with rich experience in supervisal, especially of auto enterprise.
From 2003 to 2005?Mr. Duan, as Chief of the Research Group on Scientific Policy and Legislation, took part in the work of building up the National Long and Medium Plan of Science and Technology Development (2006 ~2020). He also involved in FS Study of National Strategy of Intellectual Property and acts as the Director of Evaluation Groups of this Projects.
From 2006 till now, Mr. Duan Ruichun has acted as the Executive Vice President of China Electrotechncial Society and in charge of international cooperation and exchanges, training, publishing, edition, exhibition and electrical industry management and coordination works, electric vehicle industry also included.
Mr. Duan is a high level expert in both theory and practice, and is famous in the communities of science, technology, economics and intellectual property. He has being Chairman of China’s Law Association on Science and Technology, Vice President of China’s Group of AIPPI, and Vice Chairman of the Intellectual Property Association of China. Beijing University, Tsinghua University and National Defense University have invited him to be a professor. His published works are: International Cooperation and Intellectual Property, On Technical Contract, On Technology Innovation, Probe on Science and Technology Policy from Deferent Aspects, etc.
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Harald N. Røstvik
Chairman of the International Steering Commitee and the Stavanger Organizing Committee
- Examen Artium – mathematics, physics, chemistry and languages, 1968.
- Architect. University of Manchester, UK 1974.
- Sivilarkitekt NAL approval (Master of Architecture).
- Numerous courses and specialist educations within sustainability, solar energy, architecture.
- Greater London Council, Dept Architecture, London, UK 1975-76. (Housing project Heathrow).
- Architect Bryne, Stavanger, Norway 1977-78. (Asker Town Hall).
- Own practice Stavanger Norway since 1979. (See www.sunlab.no for project range)
- Specialising in Sustainable Environmental Energy Design.
- Designing solar buildings, solar cars, solar villages in third world, solar cookers etc.
- Have designed and built projects in Asia, Africa and Europe.
- Among these : New TV and media centre Colombo Sri Lanka completed 2003.
- 95% of current projects are international and involves extensive international networking.
- Has access to and capacity for between 40 and 100 experts worldwide – simultaneously.
- Numerous of the projects are large IEA, EU and other IP, five year, research- and demonstration projects. Have written numerous successful project applications.
- Currently partner in the EU Eco Buidlings projects “BRITA in PuBs”.
- Established The Think Tank in 2000 – a small group advising multinational companies in matters related to environmental design.
- Gro Harlem Brundtland Environmental Foundation Award 1987.
- Japan – Norway Sasakawa Fund Award 1989.
- World Habitat Award 2005. Contributed with solar know-how to the project,Gothenburg.
- Chairman of ISES Norway 1989/91
- Advisory Board of Eurosolar.
- Advisory Board of World Council of Renewable Energy.
- Has extensive experience in dissemination activity. Frequently participates in public debate. Written and presented hundreds of lectures at prestigious conferences worldwide.
- Lectures widely also at Schools of Architecture at all levels including Master Programmes among those at the Bergen School of Architecture.
- Has been appointed advisory board member for several PhD Doctorate CandidatesCurrently leading work among several European Schools of Architecture in an EU project to develop Sustainable Architecture course based on latest results from EU Framework 6 programme on ECO Buildings.
- Has written thousands of articles in the press on subjects related to sustainability.
- “The Sunshine Revolution” – critics praised book sold in 52 countries – 1991.
- “The Sunshine Revolution” – award winning video – 1993.
- “Solbilløpet” (The Solar Car Race) – children’s book – 1996.
- “Eksil” (Exiled) – memoirs, novel – 2002.
- “Hyrde meg hit og hyrde meg dit”, - on the sculptor Roland Lengauer – 2008.
- Co-author of a number of books and research reports published internationally.
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Chairman of the Conference and WEVA President
Robert Stüssi is an urban and regional planner, and specialized in transport policy and planning and sustainable mobility; his competences include:
mobility management - communication, promotion and branding - transport authorities and contracting - project monitoring, evaluation, benchmarking and management - institutional strengthening - alternative modes (car sharing, car pooling, bicycling and walking) and vehicle technologies - international networking and lobbying - keynote speaker, presenter, moderator and organizer of conferences - articles / proceedings / publications.
Of Swiss and Portuguese nationality, Robert Stüssi has a 38 year career with professional experience as free lance consultant and manager of various companies; research and teaching experience at several universities and training courses; advisor to government and regional and local authorities; as team or consortium leader and as project director, responsible for the management of projects and studies financed by different countries and international agencies (WB, EC, BAD, ASDI); Working experience in Canada, Europe, Africa and Latin America. Recent priorities: advising cities on new mobility concerns and the introduction of soft and complementary modes: walking, bicycling, traffic calming, car sharing and pooling, flexible transport and on the introduction of alternative vehicle and fuel technologies, having directed a 25 city two and a half year demonstration program with two electric mini buses
- 1982 SWISS NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Lausanne, Switzerland Postgraduate course on developing countries
- 1981-82 CONFERENCE UNIVERSITAIRE ROMANDE Lausanne, Switzerland Postgraduate course on regional master plans Communauté d’Etudes pour l’Aménagement du Territoire
- 1970-72 UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Master of Science in Planning School of Community and Regional Planning Vancouver, Canada
- 1964-68 SWISS NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Zurich B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Major in Transportation Planning
- Director and owner of Perform Energy consulting firm - MOBILITY / PLANNING / ENERGY / ENVIRONMENT / MONITORING (1991)
- President Portuguese Electric Vehicle Association www.apve.pt + European Association for Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Road Vehicles (Vice President 2003-07) + World Electric Vehicle Association
- President General Assembly of the Portuguese Natural Gas Vehicle Association
- Since 2006 Member of the Editorial Board The New Mobility Briefs www.ecoplan.org
- Since 2000 Member of the International Programme Committee of the European Conference on Mobility Management
- Since 2003 Member of the Scientific Committee of the Mo.Ve - International Forum on Sustainable Mobility
- Member of the Patronage Committee of the International Advanced Mobility Forum founded in 2007
- Since 2003 Observer in IMPACTS - international Network of European and North American Capital and Major Metropolitan Cities
- Representing Lisbon 1999-2001 and observer (2002-2008) in EMTA - European Metropolitan Transport Authorities
- Manager of the Portuguese electric and hybrid Bus Demonstration Programs (since 2001 25 + 6 cities)
- Since 2000 Member of the Scientific and Steering Committee of the International Electric Vehicle Symposiums (EVS)and European ELE-DRIVE Transportation Conferences (EET), Conference Chairman EET1 and EVS24
- Organizer and Co-Chairman of the 1st European ELE-DRIVE Transportation Conference & Exhibition (2004)
- Contributor at MUTA-AUTOVISION (mobilité urbaine – transport avancé) conferences and exhibitions
- Former Member of the Board of Directors Lisbon Energy Agency (1998-2003)
- Management Committee and Treasurer of Car Free Cities (now Access-Eurocities) representing Sintra (1995-2001)
- European projects: (Life / SAVE / 5 + 6 + 7FP) presently member of CIVITAS Plus project MODERN and ECOMM Plus; member of expert groups MAX (Mobility Management) and COMPRO (joint procurement); formerly ECOVIA, MOBILS, MOST, ELMO, VIA-LIVRE, BY PAD and BY PAD Plus, Towards Passenger Intermodality in the EU, BESTUFS, CONPASS, Advisor for the THERMIE/A hybrid bus project Sagittaire (1996-2000)
- Expert and Evaluator activities: CEMT, COST, DG Environment-Life, DG Research 5th+6th+7th FP, DG Energy and Transport – Benchmarking, Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, ManagEnergy, International Energy Agency, EEA- financial mechanism
- Expert for mobility projects – Directorate General for Mobility and Surface Transport / MARE – Interreg Project (Lisbon/Genoa/Valencia regions) contacted by the Regional Coordination and Development Commission Lisbon and Tagus Valley / Directorate General for Land use Planning, Urbanism and Regional Development, national program for local mobility actions of the Portuguese Environment AgencyConception, financing and construction of a wind farm in Madeira (7 million €) with a consortium of 5 firms (1991-1994)
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Joeri Van Mierlo
Chairman of the International Programme Committee
Prof. Dr. ir. Joeri Van Mierlo obtained his Ph.D. in electromechanical Engineering Sciences from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2000. He is now a full-time professor at this university, where he leads the MOBI - Mobility and automotive technology research group. Currently his research is devoted to the development of hybrid propulsion (converters, supercaps, energymanagement, etc.) systems as well as to the environmental comparison of vehicles with different kind of drive trains and fuels (LCA, WTW). He is the author of more than 100 scientific publications. Prof. Van Mierlo chairs the EPE chapter “Hybrid and electric vehicles” (www.epe-association.org), is the secretary of the board of the Belgian section of AVERE (ASBE) and is board member of AVERE. He is co-editor of the Journal of Asian Electric Vehicles. He is an active member of EARPA - the association of automotive R&D organizations. Furthermore he is member of Flanders Drive and of VSWB – Flemish Cooperative on hydrogen and Fuel Cells.
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Peter Van den Bossche
Database Administrator & Webmaster
Peter Van den Bossche promoted
in Engineering Sciences from the
Vrije Universiteit Brussel on a thesis
”The Electric vehicle, raising
the standards”. He is currently
lecturer at the Erasmushogeschool
Brussel and the Vrije Universiteit
Since more than 15 years
he is active in several international
standardization committees, currently
acting as Secretary of IEC
TC69. He has been closely involved in electric vehicle research and demonstration programmes in collaboration with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the international associations AVERE and CITELEC, and is now coordinating research projects on battery modelling, always observing the link to standardization development in the field.
Besides his professional involvement into electricity, Peter is strongly involved in the conservation of our architectural and industrial heritage, particularly in his home town Mechelen, Belgium.
To unwind and to get away from it all, he likes to embark on solitary expeditions in the highlands of Scotland.
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Camilla Mørk Røstvik
- From September 2008: Art History at the University of Oslo.
- September 2007 – November 2007: King’s College London Law School. One semester.
- 2004 - 2007: Stavanger High School Kongsgård (Subjects: Society studies, English, Biology and Psycology.)
- Participant on Norwegian TV show ”Triplet” January 2006
- From 2004 – September 2006: Part-time journalist for the newspaper ”Stavanger Aftenblad” (One of the biggest newspapers in Norway)
- Rudolf Steiner School in Stavanger.
- Member of the Cultural Debate Group section of the University of Oslo’s Student Association; arranging debates on campus.
- Author of numerous debate/articles in many Norwegian newspapers. Topics include vegetarianism, fur, the oil-industry and animal behaviour in humans.
- Have written on a couple of occasions for the environmental group “The Future in Our Hans’s magazine.
- Saved a pig (also known as Herlof) from being slaughtered last Christmas by writing numerous articles in local newspaper about the cruelty of this tradition. In the process of saving the next victim.
- Profiled in a major interview in the environmental-group ”The Future in Our Hands” magazine ”Common Sense”. Interviewed by well-known Norwegian environmentalist, Steinar Lem.
- Winner of Aftenposten (largest Norwegian newspaper) competition: ”Write a letter to the Prime-Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, about something you care passionately about.” Wrote about climate change, oil, etc. and won a meeting with the Norwegian Prime-Minister in January 2006, face-to-face.
- During school trip February 2007 to Houston, Texas, made and presented a presentation about the differences and similarities between “oil-nations” Texas and Norway. The presentation (“Our mutual responsibility”) was held on behalf of our school and received great interest.
- Winner of Gyldendal’s (major book-publisher in Norway) short story competition 2006 (short-story published in book ”På kanten”/”On the edge”.)
- Member of Stavanger Tennis Club for seven years
- Member of World Wildlife Fund.
- Participant at the International Solar Conference, Orlando, USA, 2005.
- International Summer School 2005 in Malta: English course.
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