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This site is a project of the Heinrich Böll Foundation: a catalyst for green visions and projects, a think tank for policy reform, and an international network. The primary objectives guiding our work are establishing democracy and human rights, fighting against environmental degradation, safeguarding everyone’s rights of social participation, supporting non-violent conflict resolution and defending the rights of individuals. We work with over 100 project partners in over 60 countries and currently maintain offices in 32 countries.
Silvia Weko is an expert on the global and German energy transitions, and has been writing for the Energiewende site for more than two years. Her MA from the Freie Universität Berlin examined European attitudes towards climate change.
Kathrin Meyer is the project assistant for the German Energy Transition project at the headquarters of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. She is currently enrolled at Freie Universität Berlin where she is pursuing an MA in Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies with a focus on Development and Transformation.
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Craig Morris is co-author of Energy Democracy, the first history of Germany’s Energiewende.
Dr. Martin Pehnt is a trained physicist, engineer and energy manager, and the scientific and managing director of the ifeu – Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, where he also heads the Energy Department. He previously worked at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (USA), the German Aerospace Center and the Federal Environmental Ministry. Pehnt is expert in energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies, policies and technologies. Beside his research activities, he serves as an advisor for many national and international organisations, including ministries, NGOs, associations, utilities and manufacturers. As federal governmental consultant, Pehnt has been deeply involved in the German Energy Transition process.
Arne Jungjohann is a senior energy analyst, political scientist and a crossover between politics and science. He is a member of the Green Academy of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and lecturer at the Faculty of Cultural Reflection at the University of Witten/Herdecke.
Rebecca Bertram led the European Energy Transition work at the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Headquarters in Berlin and also acted as Program Director of the Energy and Environment Program at the Foundation’s Washington office. She used to work on international energy issues both for the German Ministry of Environment and the German Foreign Ministry. She holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Dr. Radostina Primova is the Director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Heinrich Böll Foundation office in Brussels. Prior to this, she worked as an EU Affairs Consultant at Hinicio, specialising in EU sustainable energy projects, in particular in relation to the development of renewable energy, hydrogen storage and energy efficiency technologies. She also contributed extensively to the evaluation of Intelligent Energy Europe projects supporting sustainable energy communities – a study commissioned by EASME. Radostina holds a BA in Integrated European Studies, an MA in Political Science from the University of Bremen and a PhD in Political Sciences from the VUB Brussels.
Dr. Dörte Fouquet is a legal expert in international energy and environmental issues, focusing on renewable energy systems. She was legal advisor to the German Environmental ministry when the first feed-in tariff schemes were implemented. Since 2011 she has been partner of the legal firm BHH Brussels.
Theocharis Tsoutsos is Professor, Head of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Lab (ReSEL) (2005- present), School of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete; also the Director of Graduate Programme “Environmental Engineering” (2014-2018), the Coordinator of the TUC-Energy Group (2013-2017) and the Head of Development Dept (Centre for Renewable Energy Sources & Energy Saving – CRES (1992- 2005)). He has coordinated 40+ contracted projects on Sustainable Energy (RES/energy efficiency) and participated in 100+.
Maria Aryblia is a Research Associate of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Laboratory, School of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete. She received her diploma in Environmental Engineering in 2013, worked subsequently as Engineer in Technical Office and as an associate in NGO for environment and sustainability. She received her MSc in Environmental Engineering with specialization on Environmental Management, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, in 2018. She has working experience in H2020 projects (TRUST EPC South, CIVITAS Destinations) and her scientific research interests focus on sustainability, energy and mobility.
Bentham Paulos is an energy consultant and writer based in California. His views are his own, and don’t necessarily represent those of any of his clients.