Meet the speakers

Tina Fawcett is a senior researcher at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. She has twenty years’ experience of research on energy demand and policy and leads policy and governance work at the Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions. She has worked on a wide range of UK, EU and international projects, and is currently involved in Energy Superhub Oxford, a large demonstration project trialling smart local energy systems; M-BENEFITS an EU H2020 project on the multiple benefits of energy efficiency for businesses; and the Network for the Decarbonisation of Heating and Cooling. Her work ranges from developing new concepts, including energy sufficiency and personal carbon allowances, to detailed policy evaluation. Tina is also involved in climate change education research and outreach, e.g. Maths for Planet Earth. Tina will deliver the keynote address on 'Cities and the climate emergency'.

Daniel Rodik has been working as an energy advisor, project coordinator and senior expert at DOOR for the past fourteen years, managing various national and regional projects funded from different programmes (IPA, IEE, ESF, H2020, and Interreg). His main area of expertise is small renewable energy systems, energy efficiency in buildings and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Daniel holds a B.Sc. in Air Transport Engineering and a Certified Expert study degree in Energy efficiency and environmental management, both from the University of Zagreb. In addition, he successfully completed the course for internal auditor ISO 50001:2018 - Energy management systems. Daniel will take part in the plenary panel discussion following the keynote address.

Marika Rošā is the coordinator of the Compete4SECAP project. She has a PhD in engineering (focus on heating) and an MSc in environmental science, and has worked at engineering consultancy EKODOMA, based in Riga (Latvia) since 1996. She has been a leading project manager since 2004 on projects related to the environment and energy systems.

Marika is specialized in regional and municipal energy planning, greenhouse gas emissions monitoring and energy. She was a member of the Development Working Group of the Ministry of Environment within the National Allocation Plan (2005-2007 and 2008-2012).

Marika also works as a Professor at RTU in the faculty of Power and Electrical Engineering, specifically in Environmental and Energy Systems Institute. She has contributed to more than 100 scientific publications.

Marika will introduce the conference and take part in the plenary panel discussion following the keynote address.

An industrial engineer with a PhD in renewable energies and energy efficiency, Jose Pablo Delgado has more than 25 years of professional experience in the energy sector (thermal power stations, cogeneration, renewable energies, etc.). For 12 years Jose Pablo has been the technical director of the energy agency of the region of Murcia. He is now responsible for Energy at EuroVértice Consultants and (for more than 20 years) professor at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, training in applied thermodynamics and renewable energies. Jose Pablo is also an expert evaluator in different European Commission programmes. He will lead the breakout session 'Integrating adaptation planning into energy management'.

Thekla Heinel is Head of International Projects and Project Development at B.&S.U. (Beratungs- und Service-Gesellschaft Umwelt) in Berlin. She is also Vice President for Climate Protection in Local and Regional Authorities at FEDARENE, the European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and Environment. She has more than 30 years of professional experience in the fields of energy, climate protection and sustainability. In the course of her career she has initiated and managed a large number of projects at European level, mainly in the fields of energy efficiency, sustainable mobility and energy-efficient municipalities. She is also International Country Advisor of the European Energy Award (eea). Thekla will lead the plenary session presentation 'Energy saving competition: introducing the methodology and the teams'.

Kristóf Vadovics is the Executive Director of GreenDependent Institute, based in Hungary. He has extensive experience in running large campaigns targeting behavioural change among municipalities and households in the field of behaviour and practice change. Kristof is co- founder and facilitator of t promotion of sustainable energy development he Gödöllő Local Food Council and the Gödöllő Climate Club. He will lead the breakout session ‘Inspiring behavioural change: the dos and don’ts of running an effective campaign’.

Michaël Toma, managing director of French company MT Partenaires Ingénierie, holds an MSc electrical engineering and a degree in business management. Michaël is specialised in sustainability, energy and climate issues as well as in design and construction engineering of infrastructure related to energy, water, Industrial automation control systems. He is also an expert evaluator for the European Commission as well as an advisor and auditor for the European Energy Award. Michaël will lead the breakout session ‘Energy monitoring: a hands-on intro’.

Isabel M. Serna Barquero, holds a Business Degree at the University of Murcia and Manchester Metropolitan University, and a Master on Overseas Trade. She has experience in Export Companies, has been the Former Director of a Science and Art Centre and the Project Coordinator of EU Projects of up to 8 different partners. She also is an Expert Evaluator for Erasmus Plus Projects with SEPIE (Spanish National Agency) and has experience in raising awareness activities through talks to primary, secondary school children and adults on environment’s protection. Isabel will take part in the breakout session "Integrating adaptation planning into energy management".

Manuel Valls Sevilla is an industrial engineer with more than 10 years of experience as a project manager in construction and energy projects. Since 2018, he is responsible for European projects in the field of R&D (H2020, LIFE+…) and energy fundings. Manuel will take part in the breakout session "Integrating adaptation planning into energy management".

Rafael Ataz has a university degree in Law and specialisation in EU affairs. Responsible for EU projects at INFO over 2 decades, he has participated in more than 30 European Projects (also coordinating a range of them). He is currently Head of EU Initiatives & Energy Dept at INFO., also responsible of the supporting office of the Covenant of Majors in the Murcia region. Rafael will take part in the breakout session "Integrating adaptation planning into energy management".

Ramón LÓPEZ PÉREZ is a Forestry Engineer, holds a Degree in Environmental Sciences and an Advanced Studies Diploma in Industrial Engineering School ( Universidad Politécnica de Madrid). For more than ten years he has been working for the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition in Directorate-General for Water and Spanish Climate Change Office. Ramón will take part in the breakout session "Integrating adaptation planning into energy management".