Prof. Vincenzo Balzani

Department of Chemistry University Bologna, Italy

A member of the Accademia dei Lincei. Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Bologna. Author of about 500 publications in international journals. For his scientific activity, he received several acknowledgements, including degrees "Honoris Causa" at the Universities of Fribourg (CH) and Shanghai (China) and awards from the Italian, British, German and French chemical societies, and the Italgas Prize for Research and Innovation. In 2013 recipient of the Nature Award for Mentoring in Science. For several years he has been one of the 100 most cited chemists of the world.

Hans-Josef Fell

President of Energy Watch Group. Hammelburg, Germany

Founder and president of the Energy Watch Group Together with Hermann Scheer, wrote the draft of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), which was adopted in 2000 in the face of strong political opposition. The law, enacted 25 February 2000, guarantees cost-covering feed-in tariffs for electricity from biomass, wind power, and solar power. Served as spokesman on energy for the Alliance 90/The Greens parliamentary group, a member of the Environmental Protection Committee, substitute member of the Committee on Economics and Technology and substitute member of the Defence Committee. For his house, won several awards, including the international "Solar-Oskar", the Energy Globe Award 2000.

Albert Jansen

Senior Advisor Planning and Renewables,
AgentschapNL. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Strategic Consulting on spatial planning processes and implement renewable energy policy. Worked in think-tank of Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Housing, Dutch Railways - On behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. experience more than 20 years renewable energy development. Advises on the planning policy of co-operative projects

Prof. Dimitris Katsaprakakis

Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering School of Technological Educational Institute (T.E.I.) of Crete.

Associate Professor specializing in power plants synthesis, buildings' energy efficiency optimization based on passive systems and renewable power systems. Implementation of feasibility and environmental effects studies concerning the installation of wind parks, pumped storage systems and renewable energy sources projects. Owner and founder the „Aeolian Land S.A.”. Member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. Author of many articles in scientific journals.

Dr Bernard Laponche

Physicist of Nuclear Reactors, General Director of AFME, 1982-87 (French Agency for Energy Management). Paris, France

An international consultant in the field of energy. Participated in the development of the first French nuclear power plants as an engineer at the Atomic Energy Commission (Department of Mathematical Physics at Saclay, from 1961 to 1973, and Program Department, from 1977 to 1979). Director of programs, director general of The French Agency for Energy Management (AFME) from 1982 to 1987. In 1988, together with Florence Rosenstiehl, created the ICE (International Conseil Energie) research office devoted to studies and consulting activities in energy policy and energy management. In 1998-1999, a technical advisor to Minister of Spatial Planning and the Environment, for energy issues and nuclear safety.

Prof. Szymon Malinowski

Atmospheric Physicist, Earth Sciences. Director of Institute of Geophysics. University. of Warsaw, Poland

Deputy chairman of the Geophysics Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Worked and conducted research in Canada, Germany and the USA. Member of Polish Academy of Science (PAN) and many others councils and scientific committees. Author of many encyclopedic terms and information on atmospheric physics. Co-founder, author and editor of the portal. Scientific interests of prof. Malinowski includes cloud and rain physics, atmospheric turbulence, numerical modelling of atmospheric processes, atmospheric measurements from the plane, remote measurements, the predictability of atmospheric processes. He worked on aspects of applied meteorology, including the influence of cooling towers with the atmosphere. He conducted over 20 scientific projects on these topics. Member of the International Collaboration on Turbulence Research (ICTR) steering committee.

Prof. Brian Vad Mathiesen

Development and Energy Planning. Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor in Energy Planning at Aalborg University, Vice-Chair of the EU's Horizon 2020 Advisory Group for Energy (AGE) and member of the EU Commission expert group on electricity interconnection targets in the EU. Deputy Head of the 4DH Research Centre as well as Programme Director for the MSc in Sustainable Cities. Research focuses on the technological and socio-economic shift to renewable energy, large-scale integration of fluctuating resources and the design of 100% Renewable energy systems. One of the leading researchers behind the concepts of Smart Energy Systems and electrofuels and was listed in the Thomson Reuters, among the top 1% of the most cited researchers in the world.

Ed Mayo

Secretary General of Co-operatives UK. Chief Executive of The National Consumer Council. London, United Kingdom

A leader in the co-operative and social enterprise sector. Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, the national business association for co-operative and mutual enterprises. Vice-President of Co-operatives Europe and Chair of the Communications Committee of the International Co-operative Alliance. A former Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation. Former Chief executive of the British National Consumer Council (NCC) (2003 – 2009). Awarded an honorary doctorate at London Metropolitan University for his work on ethical markets. Co-founder of the Fairtrade Mark, which now connects 9.9 million consumers in the UK with 5 million people who benefit across 58 developing countries. Named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, 2005.

Prof. Luca Mercalli

Climatologist. President of Italian Meteorological Society. Turin, Italy

Deals with changes in climate and glaciers in the Western Alps, mitigation and adaptation to Climate Change. President of the Italian Meteorological Society. Has made over 1,700 conferences, both in Italy and abroad, and has participated in more than 1,000 radio and television conferences. In 2015-16, worked with  RAI 3 Italy’s TV channel, designing and hosting two editions of the successful program "Scala Mercalli," which has been talking about Climate Change and sustainable initiatives. Since September 2016 has worked with Italy’s program “RaiNews24”, where short environmental information videos (Mercalli’s Pills) are launched. Member of the International Weather Forum (Paris). Collaborated with the World Meteorological Organization for the global promotional campaign of the Centennial Observing Stations in 2016.

Dr Adam Piechowski

Director of the Cooperative Research Institute of the National Cooperative Council of Poland

Cooperative Research Institute of the National Cooperative Council of Poland. Lecturer at the Institute of Developing Countries, Institute of Social Policy of the University of Warsaw and Warsaw School of Economics. Author of numerous initiatives for a fair socio-economic system and publications on the history of Polish cooperatives and popular books, textbooks and guides. In the communist years, he was active in the democratic opposition. Awarded the Order of Polonia Restitut


Lutz Ribbe

President of Sustainable Development Observatory in the European Economic and Social Committee. Germany

An expert on agricultural policy in the European Economic and Social Committee of the European Union (EESC) to which was appointed in 1998. After studies in landscape planning and ecology worked as federal Deputy Executive Director of BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany) in Bonn from 1983 -1991. In 1992 moved on, taking on the directorship of the Department for Nature Conservation Policy at EuroNatur.


Claude Turmes

Member of the European Parliamen

Member of the European Parliament since the 1999 European elections. In parliament, he first served on the Committee on Budgetary Control before joining the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy in 2002. In this capacity, he served as rapporteur on the 2008 draft of the EU Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC and on the EU Energy Efficiency Directive 2012. Between 2007 and 2008, he was a member of the Temporary Committee on Climate Change. He also represented the Parliament at the 2008 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznań, and the 2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh. In December 2018, in the new cabinet of Xavier Bettel, he became the minister for spatial development and the minister for energy.