Plenary Sessions' Speakers

Thursday

Mr Juhani Wiio has served as the chairman of the board of Motiva Oy for six years.

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Juhani works as media consultant in his own company Wiio Oy. Earlier he was employed at  the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) in journalistic and managerial positions for approximately 35 years including several years as the Director of Development of the company. Juhani Wiio holds a Ph.D in the Social Sciences (University of Tampere, 1985) and he has passed the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) examination at the University of Oxford, England.

Dr Mari Pantsar-Kallio is the leader of the strategic programme for the Cleantech Business in Ministry of Employment and the Economy in Finland. The programme is aimed at spurring Finnish companies towards sustainable growth and renewal through clean technologies.

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Pantsar-Kallio has worked for 17 years on managerial and specialist tasks in the environmental field. Before appointed as the leader of the strategic programme Pantsar-Kallio worked as Programme Director for Lahti Science and Business Park and was responsible for Finland’s environmental-technology (Cleantech) cluster’s strategy and the management of its operational work.

Pantsar-Kallio has also worked as the leader of UPM’s global environmental analyst team and as an environmental expert during the period 2000-2007 and as a lecturer at the University of Helsinki.

Mr Bruce J. Oreck, the U.S. Ambassador to Finland since 2009.

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Ambassador Oreck obtained his Bachelor of Arts from The Johns Hopkins University, his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University and his Masters of Law (Taxation) from New York University. Mr. Oreck practiced law for over 25 years representing many of the largest companies in the United States. He is the author of several books on taxation and has had a successful career as a speaker and lecturer on topics ranging from taxation to the process of creative thinking. In 2003, Ambassador and Mrs. Oreck founded the Zero Carbon Initiative which is committed to implementing both experimental and off-the-shelf technologies in the built environment, not just to reduce but to offset greenhouse gas emissions.

Ms Sara Bryan Pasquier is the Energy Efficiency Programme Manager at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris.

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Sara leads the IEA’s energy efficiency and behaviour research. She is also the project manager of the IEA Policy Pathway and Energy Efficiency Policy Evaluation series. Sara’s recent publications include Saving Electricity in a Hurry 2011, Progress Implementing the IEA 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations and Energy Efficiency Governance.  Before joining the IEA in 2008, Sara was a fellow at the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy. She holds degrees from Columbia University, Sciences-Po, Paris, and Wellesley College.

 

Friday

Dr Eva Heiskanen works as Research Professor at the National Consumer Research Centre.

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The National Consumer Research Centre is a state research institute, which studies and anticipates changes in markets, consumer society and consumer behaviour. Eva Heiskanen has coordinated a large European project developing tools for changing energy-related behaviours. Other recent and ongoing projects relate to sustainable consumption policies, consumer adoption of innovative low-carbon solutions, and energy use and decision-making in buildings.

Mr Krzysztof Gierulski works in the European Commission on energy efficiency policies and legislation including coverage of metering and billing aspects in the Energy Efficiency Directive, follow-up of the National Energy Efficiency Action Plans.

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In 2005-2008 worked at EACI managing renewable energy projects supported by IEE Programme. In 1996-2005 he worked as executive manager of EC Baltic Renewable Energy Centre in Poland. Mr Gierulski obtained a master degree in environmental management and policy-making from the University of Amsterdam and a master degree in geography and spatial planning from the University of Gdansk.

Dr Staffan Jakobsson works at the University of Chalmers, Sweden.

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His research until the end of the 1980s focused primarily on industrialisation in underdeveloped countries and the international diffusion of new technology in the engineering industry.  More recently his work has been on the industrial transformation in Sweden. He has analysed a number of Swedish industries, developed methodological tools and worked with technology policy issues.

 

Mr Philip Sellwood has been the Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust since 2003.

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During the last 15 years Philip has undertaken work with the DTI/Defra, for an educational charity and as Ministerial Advisor at the Home Office. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at the Improvement and Development Agency - which works closely with the Department for Community and Local Government. Philip also sits on the Editorial Board of Sustain magazine, is a member of the UKERC (UK Energy Research Centre) and sits on the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership Board. He is a member of several influential Government Task Forces, including the Government & Industry 2016 Zero Carbon Housing Force, and as an Independent Commissioner to sit on the LGA Climate Change Commission. He is also a trustee of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

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