ISES 2013 has secured the world’s experts in energy and environment to speak at this year’s event. 
The speaker-list is continuously expanding, so be sure to check in often for updates!


European Commissioner for Climate Action, EU
Connie Hedegaard is the European Union’s first Commissioner for Climate Action. She studied literature and history at the University of Copenhagen and started her political career at the age of 23 when she joined the Danish parliament as youngest Danish MP there had been at that time. In 2007 she was in charge to build up the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy. In that period, she also prepared the United Nations Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.

Director, Copenhagen Consensus Center
Bjørn Lomborg is internationally renowned as the ‘skeptical environmentalist’ after his best-selling and controversial book – The Skeptical Environmentalist. Prof. Lomborg is an adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School, and the Director of Copenhagen Consensus Center.

Former Director, International Atomic Energy Agency
Hans Blix is the former Director General at the International Atomic Energy Agency and has vast knowledge in the field of nuclear energy. After a long and successful career, Blix was called back from retirement to lead the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission in charge of monitoring Iraq.

Former Executive Director, Japan Science and Technology Agency
Koichi Kitazawa is chairperson for two separate committees, the Committee of Energy Policy Options of Japan, Science Council of Japan as well as for the Commission on Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident, Private Sector Independent Investigation.

Energy Minister, Liberia
Patrick Sendolo is Minister of Lands, Mines & Energy of the Republic of Liberia. He was appointed to this position in February, 2012 by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and is the youngest person ever to hold this position and currently the youngest member of cabinet. With strong credentials as a reformer, innovator and doer, Sendolo has initiated, driven and supported significant reforms across all the sectors under the ministry’s purview.

Unni Steinsmo has since 2004 served as CEO and President of The SINTEF Group – Scandinavia’s largest independent research organization. SINTEF possesses top-level expertise in technology, medicine and social sciences, and works in close cooperation with the hosting university of ISES 2013 – the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

CEO, Friends of the Super Grid
Ana Aguado Cornago is the CEO of Friends of the Supergrid - The Friends of the Supergrid, a group of companies and organizations with a mutual interest in promoting the policy agenda for a European Supergrid.

Vice President Emerging Tech, Chief Scientist Geology, Shell
Bruce is VP for Emerging Technologies in the Innovation Research and Development group within Royal Dutch Shell. He is responsible for identifying and testing emerging technologies relevant for improving Shell’s current core businesses and creating options through technology for Shell during the expected Energy Transition of the next few decades. 

Professor, London Business School
Derek Bunn is Professor of Decision Sciences at London Business School. He is an author of numerous research papers and books in the areas of forecasting, econometrics, decision analysis and energy economics. Bunn has also advised many international companies and government agencies in the energy sector.

Research Fellow, New America Foundation
Lisa Margonelli writes about the global culture and economy energy and is the Director of the New America Foundation Energy Policy Initiative. Her work includes an examination of the promise and possibilities of the post-oil word.

Director General, World Petroleum Council
Pierce Riemer is the Director General of World Petroleum Council and is responsible for the WPC Secretariat and looking after its more than 65 member countries. He has also worked at International Energy Agency for eight years.

Head of Energy Security, NATO
Michael Rühle is Head of the Energy Security Section in NATO's Emerging Security Challenges Division.He holds an M.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Bon, and has published widely on international security issues in, among others, American Foreign Policy Interests, Comparative Strategy and European Security.

Secretary General, International Gas Union

Mr Indrebø has been the Secretary General of the International Gas Union since 2007. He holds a Master of Science in Business from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Bergen in 1976. In 1980 Indrebø started in the Oil and Gas Division of Norsk Hydro, and held various key positions related to North Sea oil and gas projects. In 1995 he was appointed Vice President and Head of the Oil and Gas office of Norsk Hydro in Brussels, Belgium. From 2001 Indrebø assumed the position as Vice President Strategy and Business Development, Natural Gas. He was President of the Norwegian Gas Association 2001-2005.

Author and Professor of Peace and World Studies
Michael Klare is a Professor of Peace and World Security-studies at Hampshire College. He is the author of the books "Resource Wars", "Blood and Oil" and "The Race for What's Left", and he believes we are entering an era of increased conflict over energy, and that the search for resources leads companies and nations to take high risks using unconventional energy sources.

Campaigner, Greenpeace
Truls Gulowsen is leading Greenpeace Norway since 1999. He holds a master degree in Nature Resource Management from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He played a vital part in several Greenpeace actions so far. Accordingly, he has experience in environmental policy, environmental issues and sustainable development. Greenpeace currently launces a campaign called “Save the Arctic” and has been protesting on all Arctic ice drillings from 2000 onward.

Professor, University of Alberta
John M. Shaw is a Professor of Petroleum Thermodynamics at University of Alberta and a specialist in the phase behavior and thermo-physical properties of coal liquids, heavy oils and condensate rich reservoir fluids.

Association of Energy Engineers
Stephen A. Roosa is an Account Executive with Energy Systems Group, a leading energy service company that performs energy studies and implements performance contracts. Dr. Roosa recently authored a widely acclaimed book, The Sustainable Development Handbook, which identifies policies and programs that local governments are implementing to become more sustainable.

Professor, Massey University
Ralph Sims is a Professor at Massey University, New Zealand, and is an international consultant and contributor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Sims has had over 25 years of biomass project development and research. Today some of his research areas include renewable energy deployment and policies, distributed energy, and biomass supply chains.

Director, Centre for Economics and Management in IFP School
Nadine Bret-Rouzaut is the Director of the Centre for Economics and Management. She is an engineer, graduated from IFP School and holds a Master in Theoretical Geophysics Institute of Earth Physics of Paris and an MBA from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne.

Earth Institute, Columbia University
Satyajit Bose is a well-recognized Professor at Columbia University. He has a finance background and is known for his research in economic modeling for climate change and will be releasing a book on Green Reporting around the time of ISES 2013.

Co-Founder, Differ
Jørund Buen is a Co-Founder of Differ Group – a company that specializes in helping scale up small-scale carbon reduction technologies (e.g. PV and energy efficiency) in developing countries through investing, developing, advising and implementing in-depth analysis.

Founder, Change Dinner
Ellen Gustafson is a sustainable food system activist, innovator and social entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the 30 Project - a think + do tank changing the conversation about the global food system by connecting hunger and obesity.

Director, Samsoe Energy Academy
Søren Hermansen is the Director of Samsoe Energy Academy and the head of the Samsoe renewable energy island project, which he has been working on for 10 years. His mission is to demonstrate that it is possible to create a society that is self-sufficient and 100% based on renewable energy. 

Professor, University of Melbourne
Mike Sandiford is Professor of Geology and Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute at the University of Melbourne. As director of the Energy Institute, he oversees the University energy research portfolio, and has been responsible for developing its focus on the opportunities and challenges of integration of low emission technologies in large-scale, sustainable energy systems. 

Co-Founder, iluméxico
Manuel Wiechers is a co-founder of iluméxico, a non-profit organization. He is a young engineer with the aim to help the poor and impoverished. His organization seeks to achieve 4000 installations of solar panels in 2013 with the help of public and private financing. The solar panels are meant for families to provide them with a source of light that is safer and greener than candles and oil lamps. 

Executive Director, ICEED
Ewah Eleri is the Executive Director of the International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED, Nigeria's leading think tank on sustainable energy and development. He holds a MPhil degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo, Norway. Currently he plays a leading role in Nigeria's energy access and climate change reform processes.

Founder, MyShelter Foundation
Illac Diaz is the founder of My Shelter Foundation- Liter Of Light, the world’s first grassroots green lighting program. He is a social entrepreneur who promotes sustainable development through capacity-building and employment-generating projects. My Shelter Foundation brings low-cost, zero-carbon solar bottle bulbs to underprivileged communities worldwide.

Professor of Psychology
Janet Swim is professor of Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota from 1988. Professor Swim is examining social sources of beliefs about climate change, beliefs about other people’s beliefs about climate change, and the support for pro-environmental behaviors.

CEO, Sustainable Cities International
Jane McRae is the CEO of Sustainable Cities International, a non-profit organization with the aim to bring about change towards urban sustainability around the world. The organization is working with cities on a global basis towards achieving their goal. Jane McRae holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Education degree. She played a key role in designing and implementing Sustainable Cities International. 

Vice President, Schneider Electric
Michel Orlhac is Marketing Vice President in Schneider Electric, a global specialist in Energy Management. He has been working for Schneider Electric for 33 years now, holding several positions in the company. He has held positions from business to marketing and sales manager, which brought him around the globe, from Europe over the Middle East to Canada.

Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency
Ambassador Jones, a former American diplomat, brings to the IEA over thirty years of diplomatic and policy experience on issues ranging from Middle East politics to trade negotiations and energy security. He served as the American Ambassador to four countries: Israel (2005-2008), Kuwait (2001-2004), Kazakhstan (1998-2001) and Lebanon (1996-1998) and also acted as the US Secretary of State’s Senior Advisor and Co-coordinator for Iraq Policy from February-August, 2005.

CEO, MOGH Limited
Israr-Uddin is the Director of Green Alternative Power (Pvt.) Limited. Green Alternative Power (Pvt.) Limited is providing system and engineering services for the development of community based on hydropower infrastructure in the remote valleys of Northern Pakistan. He is a Business Graduate from the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, Pakistan.

Director Sales & Marketing, Intelligens
Nizar Noorali Bhulani is the Chief Executive of two companies, Colloid Solutions and Agrow Industries and also Director of Sales & Marketing for Intelligenes. He holds a Master degree in Computer Sciences from Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute Of Science & Technology (SZABIST) and a Master in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), the nation’s most competitive business school.

International Advisor, CANGO
Patrick Schroeder is the International Adviser to the China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO). He holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His PhD research focused on investigating issues relating China's renewable energy sector development and potentials for "leapfrogging". 

Professor, University of Cambridge
Michael Grubb is Chair of Energy and Climate Policy at Cambridge University, and Senior Advisor on Sustainable Energy Policy to the UK Energy Regulator Ofgem. Prof. Grubb has written numerous books and research articles on climate change and energy policy.

Director at the Norwegian Climate Foundation
Anders Bjartnes is director at the Norwegian Climate Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 2010 that aims to encourage enforced climate action, fast implementation of renewable energy and other climate-friendly technologies. He is an activist and writer in the field of energy and climate change.

Professor, Norwegian Uni. Of Science and Technology
Christian A. Klöckner is a professor for social psychology and quantitative methods at the psychological department of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His research interests are modeling of environmentally relevant behavior, especially the interaction between structural and psychological factors, the explanation of inter- as well as intra-individual differences. Furthermore, he works on new and unorthodox ways of communicating environmental problems like climate change



Manager, Virgin Group Earth Challenge

David Addison works for the Virgin Group. He manages the Virgin Earth Challenge, Sir Richard Branson’s $25m prize for scalable and sustainable ways of removing GHGs from the air, collaborates with colleagues some of Virgin’s bigger People and Planet activities and works on Special Projects within the group. He has a BSc in Physical Geography (first-class) and an MSc in Environmental Technology, specializing in Energy Policy, from Imperial College London. 



Former CEO, Det Norske Oljeselskap
Eri Haugane founded Det Norske Oljeselskap (previouslyPertra) in 2001. He holds a Cand. Real. degree inExogene Geology from the University of Tromsø.Haugane has 25 years of experience from the industryand has among others been employed as Ex. Geologistwith Esso, Research Scientist with SINTEF, Advisor forthe Governor of Sør-Trøndelag. He joined PGS in 1992before founding Pertra. Haugane was awarded the title“Oilman of the Year” in 2004 by SPE.


Rural Spark
Rural Spark was founded in 2011 by Evan Mertens, Harmen van Heist and Marcel van Heist. The company works with the development of smart network solutions in rural India through innovations combined with continuous field implementation.


Director, Norwegian Polar Institute
Dr. Winther has considerable experience in cold-regions field research by leading and participating in snow and glaciological research on a number of expeditions to Antarctica and Svalbard. For example, he has been the scientific leader at the Norwegian Antarctic Research Expeditions in 1996/97 and 2000/01. Winther also led the Norwegian-USA scientific traverse into a largely unexplored region of the East Antarctic ice sheet during the International Polar Year in 2007-2009.



Senior Vice President R&D, Statnett

Jan Ove Gjerde is SVP for R&D at Statnett - the Norwegian Transmission System Operator. He received an M.Sc in electrical engineering from The Norwegian Institute of Technology in 1983. He has 25 yrs. experience as senior R&D Scientist at SINTEF Energy Research (Trondheim) and Senior Research Manager in ABB Corporate Research (Oslo). He has also been a global responsible for the power systems R&D areas in the ABB Group.



Chairman, UK’s independent Committee on Climate Change

Lord Deben was the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food between 1989 and 1993 and was the longest serving Secretary of State for the Environment the UK has ever had. His sixteen years of top-level ministerial experience also include Minster for London, Employment Minister and Paymaster General in HM Treasury. He has consistently championed an identity between environmental concerns and business sense.



Professor, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences / Norwegian Uni. of Science and Technology

Jon Samseth, is a Norwegian professor of physics. He holds a siv.ing. degree (NTNU), a Diplôme d’ingénieur degree in Petroleum economics from ENSPM (France) and a PhD in physics (MIT). Samseth is a professor at Oslo and Akershus University College, an adjunct professor in the Department of Chemical engineering, NTNU, and a scientific advisor to SINTEF materials and Chemistry



Senior Vice President, Statoil

Karl Johnny Hersvik is from Bergen and holds a Cand. Science degree in Industrial Mathematics from the University of Bergen. Prior to joining Statoil in 1998 he was a co-founder of several IT start ups. Since 1998 he has held many professional and management positions in Statoil including Chief Reservoir engineer, subsurface operations manager and several positions in business development, including vice president and project lead for the West Qurna project in Iraq and vice president for Production Technology.



Executive Vice President, DNV

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen began his career in DNV in Oslo in 1990 as a structural engineer. He has been working in DNV’s core business areas serving the maritime and oil & gas industries. His attention today is very much focused on maritime and offshore safety and adequate protection of the environment as both the oil & gas and maritime industries increase activity levels further north and in the Arctic.



President, Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters

Kristian Fossheim is a Norwegian professor of physics at NTNU in Trondheim, and the president of the Royal Norwegian Society of Letters. He holds a doctorate from University of Oslo. He is an author of numerous research papers and books, including the textbook on PhD level Superconductivity. Physics and Applications. His main focus areas have been solid state physics, superconductors and ultrasound technologies.


Arctic Researcher, SINTEF

Malin has a Master of Technology (Siv.Ing.) degree in Technical Physics and a PhD degree in Materials Physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. She is working as a research scientist in the department of Drilling and Wells at SINTEF Petroleum Research, where she is investigating how well leaks can be prevented through appropriate selection of materials and technology. Her research is especially directed towards optimal well construction in Arctic environments.



Professor, Norwegian Uni. Of Science and Technology

Ole Torsæter is Professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. Torsæter had research positions with SINTEF, Phillips Petroleum Co. USA and ResLab AS before he became professor in Reservoir Engineering. Presently Torsæter’s research activity is focused on methods for mobilizing residual oil by using either bacteria, surfactants or nanofl uids.



Senior Advisor, Cicero

Pål Prestrud holds a doctorate in biology from the University of Oslo (1992). Previous positions include Division Director for the Division of Science and Technology at the Research Council of Norway (2001- 2002); Research Director at the Norwegian Polar Institute (1994-2001); and Deputy Director General at the Section for Polar Affairs and Cooperation with Russia, Department for International Cooperation at the Ministry of the Environment (1988-1994). Former vice chair of ACIA (Arctic Climate Impact Assessment). Director of CICERO from June 2002



Physics PhD. Student, University of Oslo

Sunniva Rose (born 1984) is a Norwegian physicist and a blogger. She is a PhD student in nuclear physics at the University of Oslo, where she is researching the use of thorium in nuclear power plants. She took a master’s degree in physics in 2009. Sunniva is passionate about how to communicate research, and therefore runs an “educational project” through her blog.



Technology Director, ABB

Tor Eivind got his M.Sc in Electrical Engineering at the Norwegian Institute of Technology, Trondheim, Norway in 1988, and an Executive MBA degree from University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2003. He joined ABB Drives and Power Electronics in Switzerland in 1991, moved on the ABB in the USA in 1993 and returned to work for ABB Oil and Gas his native country, Norway in 2005


Manager, Arctic Projects and Technology Innovation, R&D, Shell
Mitch Winkler has over 31 years’ experience with Shell, all in Upstream, with assignments in engineering, R&D, and development planning. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a Master of Engineering degree in Civil/Structural engineering from Cornell University. He has worked in Houston, New Orleans, and the Netherlands.

Minister, Norwegian Ministry of Petroluem and Energy
Borten Moe was a member of the Trondheim city council for three four-year terms, from 1995 to 2007. He was elected MP of the Norwegian Parliament from Sør-Trøndelag in 2005, after serving as deputy MP from 2001 to 2005. From 2005 to 2007 Borten Moe was a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment, and from 2007 to 2009 Chairman of the Standing Committee on Business and Industry.

Director at Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies
Asgeir Tomasgard is the director of FME CenSES -Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies, and a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and technology in the department of industrial economics and technology management. He graduated as a dr. ing in operations research from the same place in 1998. Tomasgard has a part time position as senior scientist in SINTEF, where he has been employed since 1998.

Research Director, DIW Berlin Professor at TU Berlin
Professor Hirschhausen Is a research director at DIW Berlin (German Institute for Economic Research) and a Research Associate at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology - CEEPR) He holds a PhD in Industrial economics from Ecole des Mines de Paris and Diplome-Ingenieur (Industrial Engineering) from TU Berlin University of Technology.

Director at Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy
Atle Harby is Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF Energy Research. He is also the Director of Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy (CEDREN), one of eight centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research established by the Norwegian Research Council. The main objective of CEDREN is to develop and communicate design solutions for renewable energy production that address technological, environmental and social challenges at local, regional, national and global levels

Rector, Norwegian Uni. Of Science and Technology
Torbjørn Digernes is a Norwegian physicist and current rector of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Professor of marine systems design. He is a former student of the then Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) as an engineering graduate of technical physics in 1972. He took a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1982 from the same institution within informatics, concerning technical-economic analysis of design and operation of fishing vessels.

Vice President Research and Development, Scatec


Ole Grimsrud has been working in the solar industry for the past 10+ years, most recently as the COO of Scatec, which he joined in 2007 from a position as Technology Manager at Renewable Energy Corporation (REC). Prior to REC, Ole was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Ole holds a PhD in Physics from Cornell University.




Vice Director, CEDREN
Ånund Killingtveit received a MSc from NTH in 1969 and a Dr.ing. from NTH in 1976. He worked as research assistant at NTH from 1972-1976, as hydropower planner at Trondheim Power Company from 1976 to 1981 and as Senior Researcher at SINTEF from 1982-1985. He was appointed as Professor of Hydrology at Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering at NTNU in 1985, a position he has held since. He is now also Professor in Charge for the International MSc program Hydropower Development at NTNU and Vice Director and member of the Central Management Group in Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy (CEDREN).







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