Panel I: Economic recovery and the Green Deal – how can climate protection, competitiveness and social cohesion be addressed in a coherent manner?

Nuno Lacasta, President of APA – Portuguese Environment Agency

Nuno Lacasta, APA

Nuno Lacasta has worked in environment and sustainable development in Europe and the United States for about 20 years. He has been in public service since 2002, and has served as Executive Board President of the Portuguese Environment Agency since 2012. In this capacity, Mr Lacasta has taken on the roles of Management Board and Bureau member of the European Environment Agency and Vice-Chair of the OECD Environmental Policy Committee. Between 2006 and 2012, he was Portugal’s Climate Policy Director and Portuguese Carbon Fund Coordinator. From 2004 to 2007, Mr Lacasta was Director for International Affairs at the Portuguese Environment Ministry.

Nuno has lectured widely in Europe and the US, namely as Adjunct Professor of Environmental Policy and Law at the New University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Science and Technology (2004-12) and Visiting Lecturer of European and Environmental Law and European Climate Change Law at the American University Washington College of Law (2007-11). He has also provided consulting services to the UN, the OECD, the European Commission, NGOs, corporations and foundations. Mr Lacasta is a graduate of the Lisbon University Law School and completed graduate studies (LLM) at AUWCL.

Tom Krebs, Professor of Macroeconomics and Economic Policy at the University of Mannheim

Tom Krebs

Tom Krebs’ research covers a wide range of policy issues: tax policy, labour market policy, trade policy, stabilisation policy, and education policy, among others. His work has been published in leading academic journals and been used in policy reports for the IMF, World Bank, BMWi, and the Bertelsmann Foundation. Mr Krebs has been on leave at the German Finance Ministry since the fall semester of 2019.

Mr Krebs studied Physics and Economics at the University of Hamburg and received his PhD in Economics from Columbia University in 1995. Before joining the University of Mannheim in 2006, he held faculty positions at Brown University, Columbia Business School, the University of Illinois, and Syracuse University.

Ângelo Ramalho, Chief Executive Officer of EFACEC Power Solutions

With over 25 years of experience in the energy sector, Mr Ramalho has led companies such as Shell Portugal, Gás de Portugal, Galp Energia and Alstom. In November 2015, he became the CEO of EFACEC Power Solutions, the largest Portuguese corporation in the field of energy, engineering and mobility. In 2020, his term was renewed; he was also appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Mr Ramalho has obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Porto. He also attended the Top Management Program for Companies at AESE Business School.

Markus Strangmüller, Sustainability Management at Siemens

Markus Strangmüller, Siemens

Markus Strangmüller is responsible for global sustainability management at Siemens, including governance and sustainability operating models, non-financial reporting, ratings and rankings, sustainable business practices and human rights. He is also responsible for the company-wide “Business to Society” approach, demonstrating the contribution and impact of Siemens in sustainable development, today and in the future. Mr Strangmüller also coordinates the Siemens Sustainability Board.

Mr Strangmüller joined Siemens over 30 years ago and has held many different functions in various industries over the years. He spent 2½ years in Australia as Project Manager, held P&L responsibility of a Service Business Unit as well as other strategic and business development roles. He joined the Corporate Sustainability department in 2009 and has served in numerous functions related to sustainability.

He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering (FH Munich) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the EU Business School. He has taught Strategy in the European University and Globe Business College EMBA programs. He also holds a certificate as a systemic coaching in business.

Panel II: Ambitious climate protection in industries in Germany and Portugal: What opportunities and challenges does the transformation of the energy system present for the economy?

Teresa Marques, Director for Energy at Bondalti

Teresa Marques, Bondalti

Teresa Marques is currently Deputy Director for Integrated Production Planning and Energy at Bondalti Chemicals, SA. Her work at Bondalti comprises procurement, follow-up on legal and regulatory issues and monitoring of energy markets and energy efficiency. Ms Marques actively participates in European business associations on energy and climate issues at CEFIC, Eurochlor, AEGE, CIP-CENE, APQuímica and APIGCEE and represents industrial consumers on the Portuguese Regulator Natural Gas Tariff Counsel.

Ms Marques obtained a degree in Electrotechnical and Computer Engineering and a Master of Science in Operations Research.

Dr Erika Bellmann, WWF Germany

Dr Erika Bellmann, WWF Germany

Dr Erika Bellmann has been a Senior Policy Advisor in Climate and Energy for WWF Germany since 2012. In this capacity, she wants to contribute to the introduction of new climate neutral technologies in time to stop the climate crises. Currently, Dr Bellmann’s main focus is climate neutral industry and hydrogen.

Professor João Peças Lopes, Associate Director INESC TEC and Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Porto University

Professor João Peças Lopes, INESC

João Peças Lopes is Full Professor at Porto University, where he teaches graduate and post-graduate studies. He is presently Associate Director and Coordinator of the TEC4Energy initiate at INESC TEC, one of the largest R&D interface institutions of the University of Porto. Mr Lopes’ main areas of research include the large scale integration of renewable power sources, power system dynamics, microgeneration and microgrids, smart metering and electric vehicle grid integration.

Mr Lopes has authored or co-authored more than 400 papers and co-edited and co-authored the book “Electric Vehicle Integration into Modern Power Networks” edited by Springer. He is Editor of the journal Sustainable Energy Grids and Networks (SEGAN).

Dr. Thomas Haas, Vice President Science & Technology Evonik Operations GmbH

Thomas Haas

Dr. Thomas Haas was born in Viernheim, Germany. He earned a diploma and PhD in technical chemistry from Darmstadt Technical University. He became head of research lab “organic intermediates” at Degussa AG and was leading the process development of 1.3 propane diol, isophorone diamine and para bisamino cyclohexyl amine. In 1999 he took over the responsibility of R&D “bleaching chemicals” of Degussa. During this time he developed the new HPPO process which was implemented the first time 2006 in Ulsan/Korea. In 2007 he became responsible for the strategic biotechnology R&D of Evonik Industries. Currently, he is vice president of science and technology in the strategic R&D unit of Evonik, Creavis

Dr. Marc Bovenschulte, Director at the Institute for Innovation and Technology

Marc Bovenschulte directs VDI/VDE-IT’s Department of Demography, Clusters and Foresight since 2011. Since the year 2013, he is also part of the management of the Institute for Innovation and Technology. Focal areas of his work are foresight and trend scouting, innovation capability, the future of work, regional change/regional development.