Energy Transition 2017

Keynote Bios

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Terje SøviknesTerje Søviknes

Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Norway

Mr. Terje Søviknes was mayor of Os municipality in Hordaland from 1999 to 2016. He has been a board member of Hordaland Progressive Party, of the Progress Party Group Steering Committee, the second vice chair of the Progressive Party and first substitute Member of Parliament for Hordaland County. Mr. Søviknes, born in 1969, is an aqua engineer and studied economics at Norwegian School of Economics.


Volker KreyVolker Krey

Deputy Director, IIASA

Volker Krey graduated in theoretical physics from the University of Dortmund (Germany) in 2002. In 2003, he joined the Institute of Energy Research - Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation of the Research Centre Julich, where he continued to work until 2007. Since 2006, he has held a PhD in mechanical engineering from the Ruhr-University of Bochum (Germany). Dr. Krey first visited IIASA as a participant of the Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) in 2004. He joined IIASA's Energy Program in October 2007 and since October 2011, is the Deputy Program Director.

Dr. Krey's main fields of scientific interest are the integrated assessment of climate change and the energy challenges, including energy security and energy access. His work focuses on the development and application of integrated assessment models with different regional focuses (national to global scale) and time horizons. In addition, decision making under uncertainty, in particular in the context of future energy transitions and climate change mitigation strategies has been an important part of Dr. Krey's research activities.

He has been appointed Lead Author of the recently published IPCC 5th Assessment Report of Working Group III, a Lead Author of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA), and a Lead Author of the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation. Since 2010, he has been an Associate Deputy Editor of the well-known journal Climatic Change. Dr. Krey also teaches in an MSc program on "Renewable Energy in Central and Eastern Europe" at the Vienna University of Technology (Austria).


Tom van IerlandTom van Ierland

Head of Unit Strategy and Economic Assessment,  DG Climate Action, European Commission

Tom van Ierland joined the Commission in 2006. Within DG Climate Action he is head of unit C1, dealing with Strategy and Economic Assessment. This unit is closely involved in the development of the overall climate change policy framework both at the EU and international level and the economic modeling underpinning it. He started his career at the Belgian's Federal Planning Bureau in 1999 where he focused on emission trading. He was a member of cabinet of the Belgian Federal Minister for the Environment. He worked 2 years as consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers. He has a broad experience both in the international negotiations on climate change as well as in the development of EU Climate Change policies.

He holds academic degrees in Applied Economics, Environmental Economics and Computer Sciences from the University of Leuven and University College London.


Teresa Ponce de LeaoTeresa Ponce de Leao

Vice-chair, European Energy Research Alliance / President of EuroGeoSurveys / President of LNEG

Teresa Ponce de Leão holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and is Professor at FEUP and Senior Researcher at INESC Porto.

She is also President of LNEG - National Laboratory of Energy and Geology since 2009, Founder member of EERA and Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee, President of Eurogeosurvey, Member of the Advisory Group for Energy, Member of the Integrated Roadmap H2020 and the H2020 Advisory Group on European Research Infrastructures, Vice-President of European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance and Member of the Advisory Council of the School of Engineering at Minho University.


Charles SoothillCharles Soothill

Vice-chair,  Zero Emissions Platform

Charles Soothill is a mechanical engineer and technology leader working in fields of Power and Aerospace on gas turbines and combined cycle plants, as well as steam turbines, wind turbines, generators, boilers, including for solar thermal plants and emissions reduction. He is the former CTO of Alstom Thermal Power and most recently with GE Power and is based in Switzerland. He is active in identifying and developing breakthrough technologies for instance additive manufacturing. Since 2005 he has been Vice Chairman of the Zero Emissions Platform, ZEP, a European wide multi-stakeholder group that advises the European Commission on Emissions reduction and emissions related energy policy. He studied engineering at the University of Birmingham in the UK.


Egil MatsenEgil Matsen

Deputy Governor Norges Bank

Egil Matsen, born 1968, was appointed Deputy Governor and Second Deputy Chair of the Executive Board on 18 January 2016 for a term of six years. Matsen has a particular responsibility for following up matters before the Executive Board related to Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM).

Chair of the Ownership Committee and the Risk and Investment Committee of the Executive Board.

Work experience includes posts as Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at NTNU. Former experience includes Fullbright Scholar at Harvard University and economist in Norges Bank Research. Main fields of research: Macroeconomics, finance and behavioural economics.

Professor Matsen holds a PhD in economics (Dr. oecon.) from the Norwegian School of Economics.


John CooperJohn Cooper

Director General of Fuels Europe and CONCAWE

John Cooper was appointed Director General, FuelsEurope and Concawe in April 2015. He started his career in the motor industry working on future powertrains, and after 3 years moved to BP Downstream where he now has 27 years of experience. His previous role was leading BP’s compliance strategy for with renewables regulation.

He has also had business leadership roles in aviation fuels and lubricants, transport energy policy, and fuels technology, in the UK and USA, and has represented the UK fuels industry at the UK Automotive Council Technology Group. He holds a BA in Engineering from Cambridge University and Chairs the Board of Industrial Advisors at Cambridge University Engineering Department. 


Anders Hammer StrømmanAnders Hammer Strømman

Professor, NTNU

Professor Anders Hammer Strømman is the Director of NTNUs Industrial Ecology Programme which conducts research spanning multiple sectors and environmental issues through application and development of life cycle assessment and multi regional input-output analysis methods.

In 2011 Professor Strømman received the Laudise medal in Industrial Ecology in recognition of his work. He was a contributing as an author to the working group three of the fifth assessment report of the IPCC. On a daily basis he teaches graduate courses in Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental input-output analysis for the students of the Industrial Ecology and Energy & Environment study programs at NTNU.  


Jae EdmondsJae Edmonds

Chief Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Jae Edmonds is a Chief Scientist and Laboratory Fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) Joint Global Change Research Institute, a collaboration with the University of Maryland in College Park.  He is College Park Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.  He is one of the pioneers in the field of integrated assessment modeling of climate change. 

His research focuses on interactions between global and regional energy, technology, economy, land and water systems and climate change.  His work spans more than three decades, producing several books, numerous scientific papers and countless presentations.  His work has more than 17,000 citations.  He has been an active participant in all of the major assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  He serves on numerous committees, panels and advisory boards.


Lars Andreas LundeLars Andreas Lunde

State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment

Academic qualifications

  • 1989 – 93: Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH)
    Postgraduate degree in business economics and administratio
  • 1984 – 88: University of Trondheim – Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH)
    Sivilingeniør degree (5 year engineering degree), Faculty of Marine Technology
  • 1982: University of Oslo
    Examen Philosophicum – the Norwegian university entrance examination

Career history 

  • October 2001 – October 2013: Political adviser, the Conservative Party's parliamentary group
    Adviser for the Conservative Party's fraction in the Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment
  • January 2000 – October 2001: Political adviser, Executive Committee of the Conservative Party of Norway
    Secretary for the Conservative Party’s general election manifesto committee for the 2001–2005 term
  • December 1993 – March 2000: Higher executive officer, Statistics Norway (SSB)
    Department of Economic Statistics, Division for External Trade, Energy and Industrial Statistics.
  • January – June 1989: Research assistant, University of Trondheim – Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), Department of Marine Engineering

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