Wednesday 19th January program

 

Ralph Watzel (moderator)

Since 2016 Ralph Watzel is President of the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) in Hannover, the National Geological Survey of Germany. He studied geology at Heidelberg university, and geology and geophysics at Karlsruhe university. He took his doctoral degree at Freiburg university where since 2000 he is engaged in academic teaching. In 2007 he completed a management training at St. Gallen university, Switzerland.

After more than 10 years of practical experience as hydrogeologist, he worked as consultant for sustainable development at the Ministry of Economy of Baden-Württemberg from 2001 to 2006. From 2006 to 2016 he was the head of the State Geological Survey and Mining Authority of Baden-Württemberg.

 

 

 

                 Wolfgang Schneider

European Commission, Policy Officer DG Research and Innovation, Unit Clean Energy Transition. Following several years in the German Ministry of Economy Wolfgang started his career in the European Commission in 1996. Since then he was engaged with technical issues regarding the European single market and was Project Officer for the Research Fund for Coal and Steel before he joined the Clean Planet Directorate. Beside the GeoERA project his center of work lies in the promotion and monitoring of carbon capture, use and storage activities.

 

 

 

 

Peter Handley

Peter Handley is, since September 2017, Head of the Energy-Intensive Industries and Raw Materials Unit in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Growth. He was previously Head of the Resource Efficiency Unit at the Secretariat-General, where he was responsible for coordination of Energy Union, 2030 climate and energy package, low emission mobility strategy and the circular economy.

 

 

 

Ruud Cino

Ruud Cino is Deputy Director, Directorate Sustainable Heating and Subsurface Policy of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands. He is qualified as a chartered accountant and is currently responsible for the policy concerning the oil, gas and other mining sectors. His professional interests focus on the position of the oil and gas sector in the energy transition and the decommissioning and re-use of oil and gas facilities and infrastructure. Before Ruud Cino served at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment where he was responsible for the policy on soil and water quality.

 

 

Geoffrey S. Plumlee

As Chief Scientist, Dr. Geoff Plumlee provides strategic scientific vision and counsel to the USGS Director and other executive leaders on inter- and transdisciplinary USGS science research priorities, activities, capabilities, and partnerships. Geoff has been USGS Chief Scientist and Senior Science Advisor to the USGS Director since January 2019. Geoff brought to these executive leadership positions 33 years of research and science leadership experience with the USGS, as well as his ability to seek out and establish successful research collaborations with scientists from a broad range of earth, biological, health, social, emergency response, and engineering science disciplines.

 

 

Scott Foster

Scott Foster joined UNECE in 2011 as Director of Sustainable Energy. Mr. Foster previously was Managing Director of Nomad Energy Consulting, Vice President of global regulatory affairs with AES Corporation, Senior Director for global power with Cambridge Energy Research Associates, senior expert on electricity at the International Energy Agency, and hydroelectric engineer at Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

 

 

 

Laura Burke

Laura Burke is the Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), appointed in 2011 and served as a Director within the EPA since 2004. As Director General she has the responsibility to lead and strategically manage the EPA. Laura is the Chair of the European Environment Agency (EEA) Management Board. Prior to joining the EPA, she worked in the private sector. Laura is a graduate chemical engineer of University College Dublin (UCD), holds an MSc from Trinity College, Dublin, is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland and is a Chartered Director. In 2016 Laura was awarded the UCD Engineering Graduates Association (EGA) Distinguished Graduate Award.

 

 

Elisa Vargas Amelin

Elisa Vargas Amelin is Policy Officer at DG Environment of the European Commission, responsible for implementation of the Water Framework and Groundwater Directives and working on water scarcity and drought management, climate change adaptation. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in Resources Conservation and Environmental Management and has completed a Joint PhD on Economic Growth and Sustainable Development in the UNED University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She worked for over ten years in the environmental consulting field in Spain covering international projects, water scarcity, droughts and climate change issues.

 

Maria Vassilakou

Maria is an experienced, inspiring urban leader, devoted to open, inclusive and green cities, passionate on urban transformation processes leading to sustainable system change. She served as Vienna’s Vice Mayor responsible for Urban Planning, Traffic & Transport, Climate Protection, Energy and Public Participation from November 2010 to July 2019. Maria now works worldwide as an independent advisor on urban transformation. After leaving office, she founded Vienna Solutions, a network of experienced Viennese urban experts and practitioners, with whom she cooperates building flexible teams to deliver complex urban projects.

 

 

 

Joop Hasselman

Joop Hasselman is a senior project manager at TNO, Geological Survey of the Netherlands. Since 2020 Joop has been the Project Coordinator of GeoERA. Before that, he worked as a consultant in the field of soil and groundwater and later expanded to HSE consultancy in the engineering and pharmaceutical sectors.

 

 

 

Thursday 20th January program

 

Renata Barros (moderator)

Renata Barros is a researcher at the Geological Survey of Belgium. She was the principal investigator of the GeoERA GeoConnect³d project from 2019 to 2020, then assuming the project’s coordination until its end in 2021. Previously, she worked as exploration geologist and analyst with a focus on battery metals lithium and tin. She graduated in geology (University of São Paulo, Brazil) and obtained a PhD in geochemistry, petrology and geochronology (University College Dublin, Ireland).

 

 

 

Robert Holnsteiner

Robert Holnsteiner is Head of Directorate „Mineral Resources Policy“ in the Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism. In parallel, since 2021 Head of the national competent authority for the enforcement of the provisions of the EU “Conflict Minerals Regulation”. Since 2007 Lectorate at University of Wien; lectures on applied geochemistry, geo-resources and environmental management and lectorate at Montanuniverstaet Leoben on “Mining in Austria”. Furthermore he is team member and coordinator of numerous research projects and advisory boards (e.g. Raw Material Supply Group – EC, Technical Adaption Committee on “Mine Waste Directive” – EC).

 

 

 

Gerdi Breembroek

Gerdi Breembroek has worked at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO and its predecessors for over 20 years as an energy specialist. She is currently involved in geothermal energy and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCS and CCU). She is the Chair of the SET Plan Deep Geothermal Implementation Working Group and the leading expert on the Heating and Cooling Transition Initiative in the Clean Energy Transition Partnership. She is furthermore involved in the national programmes for CCS/CCU and geothermal energy, and in H2020 ERANETs ACT and GEOTHERMICA. She studied Chemical Engineering at Delft University of Technology. She got her PhD in 1997 from that same University.

 

 

 

Olivier Bouc

Olivier Bouc is R&D teams/project manager – environment and sustainable development with ANR (Agence nationale de la recherche). He is coordinating the development of the Partnership on Water Security issues proposed to the European Research and Innovation framework programme, Horizon Europe: Water4All – Water Security for the Planet. He has more than 15 years experience in managing R&D projects and teams with focus on bringing together the skills of scientific experts in multidisciplinary programmes, in order to deliver applied results useful to the society, connected to the needs of decision-makers and field actors.

 

 

 

Ulrich Schwarz-Schampera

Programme Management Officer (Mining Geology) at the International Seabed Authority (ISA). He has 27 years of working experience in the field of marine geology, participating and leading 22 resource-related scientific and exploration cruises. Prior to ISA, he has been working at the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) in Hannover, Germany. Marine research in the Southwest and Central Pacific (sulphides, nodules, crusts) was followed in 2011 by prospecting and exploration in the Indian Ocean for polymetallic sulphides, within the context of the International Seabed Authority.

 

 

 

Philippe Quevauviller

Philippe Quevauviller is Research Programming and Policy Officer for the EC. He has been researcher in oceanography at the University of Bordeaux. He obtained two PhDs (oceanography and environmental chemistry) and the highest French University degree (HDR). He started his career at the EC in 1989 as a scientific officer at DG Research, then as a policy officer at DG Environment, back to DG Research (hydrometeorological hazards). He moved to the Secure Societies Programme, firstly at DG Enterprise, then at DG Home, where he is responsible for research programming in the area of Disaster Resilient Societies. From 2014 onward, he has coordinated the development of CERIS. Besides, he developed an academic career as Associate Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel during the years 2007-2019, and as a scientific writer and editor.

 

 

Hari Tulsidas

Hari Tulsidas is a Sustainable Natural Resource and Energy Specialist at UNECE. He has over 30 years of experience in the sustainable management of energy resources, including uranium and thorium. His expertise includes all aspects of energy and mining life-cycle such as exploration, resource evaluation, classification, techno-economic feasibility studies, sustainable mine development, data analysis, information processing, simulation studies, public reporting and innovation management. Currently, Hari is involved in the development of United Nations Resource Management System, a system useful for the integrated management of natural resources.

 

 

Riikka Aaltonen

Senior Adviser, Mineral Policy, at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland since 2012. M.Sc. in geology and mineralogy from Turku university. Experience from exploration and mining in Finland and Sweden prior to career as Civil Servant.

 

 

 

 

Ruud Cino

Ruud Cino is Deputy Director, Directorate Sustainable Heating and Subsurface Policy of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands. He is qualified as a chartered accountant and is currently responsible for the policy concerning the oil, gas and other mining sectors. His professional interests focus on the position of the oil and gas sector in the energy transition and the decommissioning and re-use of oil and gas facilities and infrastructure. Before Ruud Cino served at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment where he was responsible for the policy on soil and water quality.

 

 

Rolf Kuby

Rolf Kuby is the Director General of Euromines. He has an extensive experience with over 22 years in public affairs and EU advocacy and 8 years active involvement in sustainability strategies. Mr. Kuby is also a senior expert in EU Sustainability, Environment, Climate and Energy policies. Mr. Kuby’s most recent roles were Head of EU Brussels Office of Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl and previously Director External Affairs and Head of EU office at Aurubis.