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Vicente Loscertales

Vicente Loscertales

Secretary General, the International Exhibitions Bureau​

Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales has been Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) since 1994, bringing to the post over a decade of service both in Government and on the international stage.

Mr. Loscertales ties with World Expos date to Seville 1992, where he was Director of International Participation. In his prior work for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Spanish Government, he held a variety of positions focusing on cooperation in science and innovation as well as development, which include: Director General for Cooperation with Africa and Asia, Deputy Director General for Scientific and Technological Co-operation and Head of Mission for Cooperation with Central American countries. Mr. Loscertales holds a Ph.D. in History and he was professor of contemporary history at the University of Madrid. He is the author of numerous publications in history, social sciences and World Expos.

He received an Honorary Doctorate in Economics from Konkuk University in Seoul, Korea and an Honorary Degree in Tourism and Management from IULM University in Italy.

He has received decorations from several countries.

Vladimir Shkolnik

Vladimir Shkolnik

Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

After graduating from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute in 1973, Vladimir Shkolnik began his career at the Mangyshlak energy plant as an engineer-physicist. From 1992 to 2009, he held various senior managerial positions: General Director of the Atomic Energy Agency, Minister of Science and New Technologies, Minister of Science – President of the Academy of Sciences, Minister of Energy, Industry and Trade, Deputy Prime-Minister of Kazakhstan – Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan. From May 2009 to August 2014, Vladimir Shkolnik served as the Chairman of the Board of the National Atomic Company ‘Kazatomprom’.

Vladimir Shkolnik holds a Doctor of Science degree in Physics and Mathematics and is a member of the Kazakh National Academy of Natural Sciences. He has authored more than 100 scientific publications. Mr Shkolnik was awarded the “Parasat” Order (1998), the “Astana” Commemorative Medal (1998), and the Order “First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev” (2005).

Graciela Chichilnisky

Graciela Chichilnisky

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Global Thermostat (GT), Professor of Economics and Statistics, Columbia University, NYC

Graciela Chichilnisky worked extensively on the Kyoto Protocol, creating and designing the carbon market that became international law in 2005, and wrote the wording for the carbon market into the Kyoto Protocol at the COP in Kyoto in December 1997. The Washington Post calls her an “A-List Star” and Time Magazine calls her a “Hero of the Environment”. U.S. Congressman, Jay Inslee wrote that her work is “revolutionary for the international community”. In 2015 Graciela Chichilnisky was selected “2015 CEO of the Year” by IAIR at the Yale Club in New York City, and Fast Company Magazine selected her company Global Thermostat “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies” in energy. A professor of Economics and Statistics at Columbia University, NYC, Dr. Chichilnisky is currently a Visiting Professor at Stanford University and the CEO of Global Thermostat.

A world-renowned economist, Chichilnisky is the creator of the formal theory of Sustainable Development and acted as Lead US Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the Nobel Prize in 2007. Her pioneering work uses innovative market mechanisms to create Green Capitalism. She acts as a special adviser to several UN organizations and heads of state and is CEO and Co-Founder of Global Thermostat, ( a company in which she co-invented a "Carbon Negative Technology”™ that captures CO2 from air and transforms it into profitable assets such as biofuels, food, beverages, polymers, and valuable building materials. She previously founded and led two successful companies: FITEL, a financial telecommunications company that was sold in Japan, and Cross Border Exchange, a global technology communications company sold to JP Morgan.

At Columbia University Chichilnisky is Professor of Economics and Mathematical Statistics and a University Senator at Columbia University, and the Director of the Columbia Consortium for Risk Management (, where she has developed a landmark methodology, with support from the U.S. Air Force, for a new foundation of probability and statistics in an approach to catastrophic risks that allows more realistic treatment of rare but important events. She is the author of fifteen books and some 320 scientific articles in preeminent academic journals. Her two most recent books are "The Economics of Climate Change" and "Saving Kyoto."

Dr. Chichilnisky holds two Ph.D. degrees, in Mathematics and Economics from MIT and University of California Berkeley. She is a frequent political and economic speaker on CNN, ABC, BBC TV News, and Bloomberg News, as well as a frequent keynote speaker at leading international conferences and universities. She taught previously at Harvard, Essex and Stanford Universities, appeared in Time Magazine on "Heroes of the Environment," and was elected one of the Ten Most Influential Latinos in the U.S. Chichilnisky has two children and was born in Argentina. She is a US citizen and resides in New York City.

Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Deputy Director General/Deputy CEO of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Nebojsa Nakicenovic is Deputy Director General/Deputy CEO of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and former Full Professor of Energy Economics at the Vienna University of Technology Among other positions, Prof. Nakicenovic was Director of the Global Energy Assessment, Member of the United Nations Secretary General High-Level Technical Group on Sustainable for Energy for All Initiative; Member of the Advisory Council of the German Government on Global Change (WBGU); Co-Chair of the Global Carbon Project; Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC, and OMV Resourcefulness Advisory Board.

Nebojsa Nakicenovic has published more than 300 publications and has served on over ten Journal Editorial Boards.

Nebojsa Nakicenovic holds bachelors and masters degrees in economics and computer science from Princeton University, New Jersey, USA and the University of Vienna, where he also completed his Ph.D. He also holds Honoris Causa PhD degree in engineering from the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Among Prof. Nakicenovic’s research interests are the long-term patterns of technological change, economic development and response to climate change and, in particular, the evolution of energy, mobility, information and communication technologies.

Matthew Kennedy

Matthew Kennedy

Chair, Advisory Board, Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)

Dr. Matt Kennedy is responsible for strategy and industrial collaboration in the International Energy Research Centre. He was previously responsible for low carbon energy technology and R&D for the Irish Government. Matt is EU lead negotiator on technology transfer under the UNFCCC and is a member of the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee (TEC). Matt is also the Chair of the UN’s Climate Technology Centre, Chair of the IEA’s Renewable Energy Technology Deployment Implementing Agreement and the Chair of the Programme Board of the Renewable Every and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP). Matt holds a PhD in Engineering from Trinity College Dublin, and Masters’ degrees from NUI Galway and University College Dublin.

Bilyana Chobanova

Bilyana Chobanova

Senior expert, Energy efficiency, Energy Charter Secretariat

Bilyana Chobanova joined the Energy Charter Secretariat in 2010 and is currently a senior energy efficiency officer. Ms. Chobanova coordinates the activities within the Energy Charter Protocol for Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects and facilitates the work of the Intergovernmental Working Group on Energy Efficiency. During the last six years she was following the progress in the development and implementation of energy, energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programmes in the 50+ Energy Charter member and observer countries. She also managed the preparation of more than eleven In-depth energy efficiency policy country review reports, including the assessment of progress in policies in industrial, buildings, lighting, appliances and transport sectors and the provision of policy recommendations to the Governments of reviewed countries. Before joining the Energy Charter Secretariat, Ms. Chobanova was a Programme Manager in the Centre for Energy efficiency EnEffect and independent international energy efficiency consultant. As such she has been involved in various projects, analysis and reports on energy efficiency and climate change issues, and has collaborated closely with government institutions from numerous countries on supporting the preparation of national policies in the area of energy efficiency of buildings and energy using equipment.

Yuriko Koike

Yuriko Koike

Member, the House of Representatives, Former Minister of the Environment, Former Minister of Defense, Japan

Yuriko Koike, a member of the House of Representatives, served as Minister of the Environment from 2003 to 2006. Later Koike held two other cabinet posts - Special Advisor to the Prime Minister for National Security Affairs, appointed in 2006, and Japan’s first female Defense Minister, in July 2007. In 2008, she ran for the head of Japan’s ruling party, which brings the prime ministership, as the first female candidate. After graduating from Cairo University, Koike began her journalistic career as a TV personality. She has written books and articles on Japanese politics and international affairs. She contributes article regularly to the “Project Syndicate”.

Osman Benchikh

Osman Benchikh

Chief of Section, Innovation and Capacity Building in Science and Engineering, Coordinator and Focal Point for UN-Energy, Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO

Osman Benchikh is Chief of Section on “Innovation and Capacity Building in Science and Engineering” at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO. He is Doctor in Physics, graduated at “Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie de Paris”. Dr Benchikh is member of UN-Energy and represents UNESCO therein. He is member of the “Governing Board” of the “International Sustainable Energy Development Centre” (ISEDC) in Moscow launched as Centres under the auspices of UNESCO. Dr Benchikh is author of several publications on renewable energies and launched several initiatives addressing the use and application of renewable energy sources to achieve the access to sustainable energy for all and sustainable development targets. In promoting a wide use and application of renewable energy sources at a global level, he contributed to the design and implementation of the World Solar Programme and was member of its coordination secretariat. He also initiated the conceptual framework for building capacities and knowledge base known as the “Global Renewable Energy Education and Training Programme” and published various teaching materials. Dr Benchikh initiated the “Regional Solar Councils” as frameworks for regional and international cooperation in renewable energy. His international activities led him to act as the Secretary General of the “Mediterranean Solar Council”; member of the “European Solar Council”; Chairman of the “European Solar Council Commission on Education and Training” (Club de Paris des Energies Renouvelables); member of the “Arab Permanent Committee on Renewable Energies”; member of GEMFOR (International Study Group on Education Methods) and member of the “International Advisory Council of the World Renewable Energy Technology Congress”.

David Renné

David Renné

President, International Solar Energy Society

Renné is currently in his second term as the President of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). He retired from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the U.S., 2012, where, since 1991, he developed and managed programs on renewable energy resource assessment and analysis, and the integration of resource data into GIS. He now holds an Emeritus position at NREL. He continues to serve as the Operating Agent of an International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme Task 46 titled “Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting”. He is also an Associate Editor of the Solar Energy Journal. He is a Senior Consultant with Clean Power Research, a small company that develops solar resource assessment products for industry, governments and utilities. Dr. Renné received his Masters and PhD degrees in the field of atmospheric sciences at Colorado State University.

Charles Feinstein

Charles Feinstein

Director, Energy and Extractives Global Practice, World Bank

Charles Feinstein is presently Director of the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice. In this role he is responsible for the operations and day to day management of the combined energy, mining and oil and gas investment, analytical and advisory portfolio with an outstanding value of over $40 billion. Before taking up this post in July 2014, he led the East Asia and the Pacific Region energy and water sectors, focusing on sector strategy development, innovation, quality assurance, and knowledge management. From 2008-12, he was Sustainable Development Leader for Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands based in Sydney, Australia, responsible for a diverse portfolio of Sustainable Development activities in 12 client countries. Prior to assuming his position in Sydney, “Chas” was Sector Manager for Energy operations in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region. Mr. Feinstein’s work builds on his earlier service as a recognized energy specialist, and his role as co-author of the World Bank’s pioneering Environmental Strategy for the Energy Sector strategy paper (“Fuel for Thought”). Through the 1990’s, Mr. Feinstein was Team Leader for Climate Change in the World Bank’s Environment Department. Prior to his World Bank employment, Chas served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and Peace Corps Associate Country Director in the Pacific Islands. An alumnus of the East-West Center in Honolulu, the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and the Harvard Executive Development Program, Mr. Feinstein is trained in electrical engineering and resource economics.

Rajendra K Pachauri

Rajendra K Pachauri

Ex-Chairman, IPCC, Director General, TERI

Rajendra Kumar Pachauri is Director General of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), a major independent research organisation providing knowledge on energy, environment, forestry, biotechnology, and the conservation of natural resources. Dr Pachauri is a prominent researcher on environmental subjects, recognised internationally for his efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change. He was the Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific intergovernmental body that provides decision-makers and the public with an objective source of information about climate change (April 2002 to February, 2015). He was Senior Adviser to Yale Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI) from July 2012 through June 2014, prior to which he was the Founding Director of YCEI (July 2009 – June 2012). He is active in several international forums dealing with the subject of climate change and its policy dimensions. He was awarded the second-highest civilian award in India, the 'Padma Vibhushan' in January 2008 by the President of India and received the 'Officier De La Légion D’Honneur' from the Government of France in 2006. He has been conferred with the ‘Commander of the Order of Leopold II’ by the King of the Belgians in July 2009; the ‘Commander of the Order of the White Rose of Finland’ by the Prime Minister of Finland in February, 2010; ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star’ by His Majesty Akihito, Emperor of Japan in April 2010; and Mexican Order of the ‘Aztec Eagle’ by the President of Mexico in June 2012; and ‘Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy’ by the President of the Republic of Italy in February, 2014.

Shigeo Katsu

Shigeo Katsu

President, Nazarbayev University

Shigeo Katsu is President of Nazarbayev University, a position he has held since December 2010. Prior to that, over the course of a 30-year career at the World Bank, Shigeo Katsu held various positions including leading financial sector reform support for China, Director for Cote d’Ivore, and Vice President for Europe and Central Asia. Until May 2015 he served on the Advisory Panel to the ASEAN+3 Macro-Economic Research Office (AMRO) and earlier on the US board of a youth-oriented international development NGO. He recently served as one of the editors for the book “Kazakhstan 2050 – Towards a Modern Society for All” (2014). Currently he is also a member of the National Commission on the Modernization of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Friedbert Pflüger

Friedbert Pflüger

Director, European Centre for Energy and Resource Security, King’s College London CEO, Pflüger International GmbH Deputy Minister (ret.)

Prof.Dr.FriedbertPflüger (born 1955 in Hannover) is Director of the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at King’s College London and Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council of the U.S. He is Managing Director of Pflüger International GmbH in Berlin, Senior Advisor of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Member of the Supervisory Board of Alstom Power GmbH. Since 2009 Pflüger is hosting the monthly “Energy Dialogues at the Reichstag”. He is member of the Steering Committee of the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ghorfa), member of the International Selection Committee of the EXPO-2017 (Kazakhstan) Energy Best Practices Area, member of the Trilateral US-Europe-Turkey Task Force of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD),member of the Resilien-Tech Working Group of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (ACATECH) and Director of the Strategic Metal Working Group of AtlantikBrücke.

Pflüger studied political science, economics and public and constitutional law in Göttingen, Bonn and Harvard. After his studies, Pflüger became one of the closest associates of German President Richard von Weizsäcker while working as his speechwriter and press secretary from 1981-1989. In 1990, he was elected member of the German Parliament, a position in which he remained until 2006. From 1998 to 2002, he was chairman of theBundestag’s EU-Committee. From 2002 to 2005, he served as a foreign policy spokesman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group. Moreover, he served as Deputy Defence Minister in the first Merkel Government.

Herbert Girardet

Herbert Girardet

Co-Founder, World Future Council, UNEP consultant

Prof. Herbert Girardet is an international consultant on sustainable development and a recipient of a UN Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievements’. He is a member of the Club of Rome and an honorary member of the World Future Council. His main focus has been sustainable urban development. He has been a consultant to UN-Habitat and UNEP and has developed sustainability concepts for major cities such as London, Vienna and Bristol. The sustainable development strategies he developed as inaugural ‘Thinker in Residence’ in Adelaide in 2003 have been largely implemented. Herbert was as senior adviser to the Dongtan Eco-City project on Chongming Island, Shanghai, and he has also worked extensively across the Middle East.

From 1996 to 2008 Herbert was chairman of the Schumacher Society, UK. He is an honorary fellow of Royal Institute of British Architects, a patron of the Soil Association, UK, and a visiting professor at University of the West of England. He has produced 50 environmental TV documentaries for major broadcasters. He is author and co-author of 13 books, amongst these: THE GAIA ATLAS OF CITIES, 2002 and 2006; CITIES, PEOPLE, PLANET – Urban Development and Climate Change, 2004 and 2008; SURVIVING THE CENTURY – Facing Climate Change and other Global Challenges, 2008; A RENEWABLE WORLD – Energy, Ecology, Equality, 2009. His latest book, CREATING REGENERATIVE CITIES, was published by Routledge in October 2014. Huffington Post U.S. called it one of the top three green books of 2015. Herbert has also written many other reports and book chapters.

Albert Binger

Albert Binger

Energy Science Advisor, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre SIDS DOCK Coordinator

Dr. Albert Binger is Energy Science Advisor at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre and SIDS DOCK Coordinator for the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy Initiative, and former Science Advisor and Technical Coordinator to the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). He is the former Professor and Director for the University of the West Indies Centre for Environment and Development, and since 2003, Visiting Professor at Saga University, Japan, involved in research on Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC). He is the former Chair, Strategic Planning for the Global Environment Division, Rockefeller Foundation, in New York, and founder of the Biomass Users (BUN) Network, Costa Rica. As former Director for Research at the Scientific Research Council, Jamaica, he headed Agro-21, responsible for identifying and promoting opportunities for private and public investment in non-food agriculture. Dr. Binger is a member of the UNFCCC Technology Committee.

Maria van der Hoeven

Maria van der Hoeven

Senior Associate Fellow, Clingendael International Energy Programme Executive Director (2011-2015), International Energy Agency (IEA)

Maria van der Hoeven took over as Executive Director of the IEA on 1 September 2011 and has led the Agency during a period of exceptional change in the global energy economy, as rapidly shifting supply/demand balances for oil and other major fuels transform the IEA’s traditional mandate. She has responded by enhancing IEA engagement with key non-member countries including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa. Under her leadership, the IEA admitted its 29th member, Estonia, and increased its co-operation with OPEC and the International Energy Forum (IEF) as well as signed a partnership accord with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Ms. Van der Hoeven has repeatedly emphasised the close link between climate and energy policy. A member of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate led by former President Felipe Calderón of Mexico, she has initiated discussions at the IEA between policy makers and industry representatives on the impact of climate change on energy security, and sought to raise awareness among young people around the world of the problem of climate change and the need to get informed and take action. She has also promoted renewables and energy efficiency as part of the critical role she believes innovation and technology play in contributing to energy security while supporting climate goals, including expanding the IEA series of Medium-Term Market Reports to include annual critical analysis of both renewables and energy efficiency. These and her other initiatives at the IEA reflect her overall focus on energy security in all forms, for all people. That includes the hundreds of millions around the world who lack access to modern energy services, and in recognition of her efforts in this area, she was invited to serve on the Advisory Board for the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative. Prior to leading the IEA, Ms. Van der Hoeven served as Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands from February 2007 to October 2010, during which time she demonstrated leadership on energy policy at the national, regional and global levels. She also served as Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science from July 2002 to February 2007, having spent more than a decade before that as a member of parliament in her country.

Kanat Baigarin

Kanat Baigarin

Vice-President for Innovation, Nazarbayev University

Dr. Baigarin is a fellow of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He started his career in 1975 at the Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy and in 1989 obtained his Ph.D. in physics and mathematics. In 1990, he was appointed Head of Laboratory of the Institute. His research activity mainly focuses on nuclear fusion, high current relativistic beams, intensive x-ray beams. In 1993-94, Dr. Baigarin was an Associate of the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) programme. He also worked as a consultant for the Global Environment Division of Rockefeller Foundation on energy efficiency and renewable energy project in the CIS. He was the Head of the Climate Change Coordination Centre (2000 - 2008) and Consultant for the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2008). He is also part, as a Focal Point, of the IPCC community that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. From 2009 to 2011 he was the Managing Director of Nazarbayev University and since 2011 he has been a General Director of “Nazarbayev University Research and Innovation System” PI. In 2014, he was appointed Vice President for Innovation of Nazarbayev University. Dr. Baigarin has been a Member of the Technology Executive Committee (UNFCCC) and National Focal Point for Climate change under the UNFCCC since 1999. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Kazakhstan Industry Development Institute (KIDI) and National Center of Science and Technology Evaluation (NCSTE).

Stefan M.Buettner

Stefan M.Buettner

Senior Policy Advisor, International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC)

Mr. Buettner has recently joined IPEEC, the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation that has been tasked by the G20 summit in Brisbane/Australia late 2014 to coordinate the implementation of its Energy Efficiency Action Plan. Mr. Buettner has a focus on the G20 and IPEEC activities related to Industry and Financial Flows for Energy Efficiency. Previously, Mr. Buettner was Head of International Affairs and Strategy at the Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production (Stuttgart/Germany). He is member of the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group of EU Commission & UNEP FI. He also works on a global policy & industry benchmark, called ‘The Energy Efficiency Index of the Industry’. Mr. Buettner has expertise in low carbon innovation, smart cities, islands and mobility, an energy productivity strategy, as Associate of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) & Scottish Sustainable Energy for All Platform. Over the period of seven years, he worked as senior advisor and office manager for various members of the Scottish Parliament for energy efficiency, renewable energy, industry- and economic policy, infrastructure. He is member of the International Steering Committee of the Energy Efficiency Global Forum and was International Advisor and Co-Author of the US Energy Strategy “Energy 2030” notably in the areas “Systems Integration”, “Transport, Land Use & Accessibility” and “Residential & Commercial Buildings”. As an international low carbon expert, he is involved in many further international high-level initiatives, working groups and workshops. He studied International Economics in Tübingen, Germany, and Boston, USA, and held various positions optimizing processes and programmes in the academic environment

Takashi Hattori

Takashi Hattori

Head, Environment and Climate Change Unit International Energy Agency (IEA)

Takashi Hattori is a Japanese national and has joined the International Energy Agency (IEA) in March, 2013 as Head of the Environment and Climate Change Unit which produced the IEA’s new publication “Energy, Climate Change and Environment: 2014 Insights.” He graduated from the University of Tokyo, received a masters degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a doctoral degree from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Before joining the IEA, Takashi was Director of Climate Change in the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) which he first joined in 1991.

Ramamoorthy Ramesh

Ramamoorthy Ramesh

Purnendu Chatterjee Endowed Chair in Energy Technologies, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Professor Ramesh graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Ph. D. in 1987. He returned to Berkeley in 2004 and is currently the Purnendu Chatterjee Chair Professor in Materials Science and Physics. Prior to that he was Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland College Park. From 1989-1995, at Bellcore, he initiated research in several key areas of oxide electronics, including ferroelectric nonvolatile memories. His landmark contributions in ferroelectrics came through the recognition that conducting oxide electrodes are the solution to the problem of polarization fatigue, which for 30 years, remained an enigma and unsolved problem. In 1994, in collaboration with S. Jin (Lucent Technologies), he initiated research into manganite thin films and they coined the term, Colossal Magnetoresistive (CMR) Oxides. At Berkeley, he continues to pursue key scientific and technological problems in complex multifunctional oxide thin films, nanostructures and heterostructures. His current research interests include thermoelectric and photovoltaic energy conversion in complex oxide heterostructures. He has published extensively on the synthesis and materials physics of complex oxide materials and his work is highly cited (over 35000 citations, H-factor =85). He received the Humboldt Senior Scientist Prize and Fellowship to the American Physical Society (2001). In 2005, he was elected a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as the David Adler Lectureship of the American Physical Society. In 2007, he was awarded the Materials Research Society David Turnbull Lectureship Award. In 2009, he was elected Fellow of MRS and is the recipient of the 2010 APS McGroddy New Materials Prize. From December 2010 to August 2012 he served as the Founding Director of the SunShot Initiative at the U.S. Department of Energy, overseeing and coordinate the R&D activities of the U.S. Solar Program. In 2011, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. From July 2013 to August 2014 he served as the Deputy Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In September 2014, he returned to Berkeley and LBNL as the Associate Lab Director for Energy Technologies.



Future Energy Forum is an invitation-only opportunity to interact with high-level scientists, business representatives and government officials shaping the landscape of energy in Kazakhstan and beyond.

Future Energy Forum brings to Paris numerous leaders of an international community of experts, from top-level political representatives, to heads of businesses, transnational companies and major international organizations, to Nobel Prize laureates and other eminent scientists and economists who share first-hand information about the latest developments in sustainable energy, and offers a unique venue to participate in discussions, both formal and informal, thus facilitating the transfer of knowledge between nations, institutions, disciplines and individuals, while establishing and strengthening professional relationships.

The 2015 Forum program features thematic discussion sessions on core issues in energy and sustainable development that will bring together experts with diverse backgrounds and experiences to scope out the content and directions of the next thematic forum of pre-EXPO period (May 2016), as well as the content of EXPO-2017 flagship pavilion – Energy Best Practices Area.

The Forum has the main objective to promote sustainable energy, energy efficiency best practices, and research and development in the field of clean energy.

Ultimately, the valuable insights and recommendations of the Forum participants would lead to the development of a diverse and high-quality program of the main Future Energy Forum, which will take place during the EXPO period in 2017.

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The mission of Future Energy is to appeal to the international community’s sense of responsibility by way of institutions, organizations, corporations, and individuals, with the aim of generating debate and heightened awareness regarding the decisive impact that energy management has on the lives of people and the planet.

The Future Energy Forum, one of the main features of Astana EXPO-2017, will take place throughout the duration of the Exhibition in 2017.

The First International "Future Energy Forum: Reducing CO2 emissions" held in October 2014 in Astana set in motion the preparation of a strategic content for EXPO-2017 and a broad international dialogue on the theme. The event was a platform for the development of research projects on the Future Energy theme and its sub-themes: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, introducing energy efficient technologies and ensuring universal access to sustainable energy. More than 500 leading energy experts, scientists, NGO leaders, representatives of the public sector attended the event. The issues discussed were climate change, environmental and energy security, investments in projects to reduce emissions and acquisitions, disposal of waste.

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The 2016 Future Energy Forum will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan, in May 2016 (dates TBC), and will be dedicated to the theme of Energy for All. It will be the last pre-EXPO period thematic conference leading up to the main Future Energy Forum, which will take place throughout the duration of the EXPO-2017 in Astana. Future Energy is supported and organized on the pillars of sustainable development. There has never been a better time to stop and consider the broad issue of our relationship with energy.

The Energy for Alltheme highlights access to energy as a basic need and right in the developing world. Many people are affected by a lack of access to affordable, clean energy and by environmental degradation. For energy to be available for all, the transition towards a new energy model needs to be technically feasible, but must also be equitably distributed and sustainable.

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In November 2012, Astana was selected as the host-city for the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017. EXPO-2017 is an expositional and recreational event that expects 100 participants including countries and organizations, 2 million local and international visitors, and 5 million visits.

Kazakhstan chose “Future Energy” as the theme of EXPO-2017 in order to help bring together the global community in their efforts to take action in response to global energy challenges. The subthemes of EXPO-2017 are:

  • Reducing CO2 emissions. The environmental challenge: to protect our environment and promote trends that lead to environmental enhancement.
  • Living energy efficiency. The economic challenge: promote energy efficiency and the rational use of energy.
  • Energy for all. The social challenge: energy access as a basic human need and right.

The National pavilion and four theme pavilions devoted to different aspects of Future Energy will be placed on the area of 25 ha.

  • National Pavilion represents an alternative vision for the rich natural resources of Kazakhstan in the transition to a new model of development based on the principles of the “green” economy.
  • World of Energy” – Energy concept as a source of strength. Efficient energy use is the key to sustainable energy development.
  • “Energy For Life” – the transformative power of energy in humanity’s hands. The concept of energy efficiency in urban planning, transportationб and construction.
  • Energy For All” – Energy access mechanisms for every citizen of the planet. Ethical concepts about energy and access to development.
  • My Future Energy” – Energy is a vital requirement in everyday life, hence the crucial requirement to achieve efficient and responsible energy use and consumption.

There are various types of events within the EXPO-2017 program, such as scientific conferences, thematic meetings and presentations of projects in the area of green energy. Apart from this, EXPO-2017 is going to be the largest global showcase in 2017. The organizers plan to carry out a large-scale cultural and educational program. Over 3 000 events will be held during 93 exhibition days.

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08:30 – 09:30

Registration & Welcome coffee

09:30 - 10:00


Moderator: Shigeo Katsu, President, Nazarbayev University

Welcome speeches: Vicente Loscertales, Secretary General, the International Exhibitions Bureau

Vladimir Shkolnik, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Han Qunli, Director, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, Secretary, Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO

10:00 - 11:20

Session 1 – Climate Change and Trajectory of Energy

Moderator: Yuriko Koike, Member, House of Representatives, Japan

Keynote speakers: Rajendra K Pachauri, Ex-Chairman, IPCC, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute

Graciela Chichilnisky, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Global Thermostat (GT), Professor of Economics and Statistics, Columbia University, NYC

Experts/discussants: Takashi Hattori, Head of the Environment and Climate Change Unit, International Energy Agency

Herbert Girardet, Co-Founder, World Future Council, UNEP consultant

11:20 – 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00

Session 2 – What is Cutting Edge (Frontiers)?

Moderator: Albert Binger, Energy Science Advisor, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

Keynote speakers: Maria van der Hoeven, Senior Associate Fellow, Clingendael International Energy Programme, Executive Director (2011-2015), International Energy Agency

​Matthew Kennedy, Chair, Advisory Board, Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)

Experts/discussants: Stefan M.Buettner, Senior Policy Advisor, International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC)

Bilyana Chobanova, Senior Expert, Energy Efficiency, Energy Charter Secretariat

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

Session 3 – What is Beyond the Horizon?

Moderator: Kanat Baigarin, Vice-President for Innovation, Nazarbayev University

Keynote speakers: Ramamoorthy Ramesh, Purnendu Chatterjee Endowed Chair in Energy Technologies, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Experts/discussants: David Renné, President, International Solar Energy Society

Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director General/Deputy Chief Executive Officer, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Daniel Iracane, Deputy Director, International Affairs Division, Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission, France (TBC).

15:30 – 15:50

Coffee Break

15:50 – 17:20

Session 4 – Energy for All

Moderator: Osman Benchikh, Chief of Section, Innovation and Capacity Building in Science and Engineering, Coordinator and Focal Point for UN-Energy, Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO

Keynote speaker: Charles Feinstein, Director, Energy and Extractives Global Practice, World Bank

Experts/discussants: Friedbert Pflüger, Director, European Center for Energy and Resource Security at King’s College London

Albert Binger, Energy Science Advisor, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

Maria van der Hoeven, Senior Associate Fellow, Clingendael International Energy Programme, Executive Director (2011-2015), International Energy Agency

17:20 – 17:50

Wrap-up session

Moderator: Shigeo Katsu, President, Nazarbayev University

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  • Rajendra K Pachauri

    Rajendra K Pachauri,

    Ex-Chairman, IPCC, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute

    The Synthesis Report (SYR), which constitutes the final product of the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has had a major impact globally in creating awareness on the science of climate change. Now that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been adopted by the UN General Assembly, there is need for the science of climate change to be integrated with actions as part of the SDGs. The SAB has a unique opportunity to carry out this task and ensure that the 21st century is a period when scientific knowledge drives human activities globally.

  • Takashi Hattori

    Takashi Hattori,

    Head, Environment and Climate Change Unit, International Energy Agency (IEA)

    While greenhouse gas goals are an essential component of decarbonisation, specific energy sector metrics provide deeper insights into the underlying drivers of change, and can track interventions with long-term as well as short-term impacts.” IEA (2014), “Energy, Climate Change and Environment: 2014 insights

  • David Renné

    David Renné,

    President, International Solar Energy Society

    The costs of solar energy technologies (referring primarily to PV technologies) have come down so far in the past few years that their levelized cost of energy is now competitive with conventional power sources in many markets around the world. There are still major factors that currently limit further high penetration of solar PV such as the flexibility of the grid to handle intermittent energy sources; these issues are being increasingly resolved by the emergence of new technologies such as battery storage and resource forecasting.

  • Maria van der Hoeven

    Maria van der Hoeven,

    Senior Associate Fellow, Clingendael International Energy Programme, Executive Director (2011-2015), International Energy Agency (IEA)

    Clearly this is an age where coal, and indeed all fossil-fuels, continues to be absolutely central to our economies and standards of living. This will remain a fact for decades to come. But we have been using fossil-fuels on credit. We have not yet paid for the vast benefits that they have granted us, across all regions of the world. [...] With current policies, energy-related carbon emissions will exceed 50 gigatonnes of CO2 in 2050. This is about three times more than what would be required to meet what we call the 2DS – the IEA scenario that models how our world could look if it were to meet the 2 degree goal (limit our global average temperature rise to this two degrees - author's note). A transformation is needed, and it is possible – but a long term strategy based on a portfolio approach is needed to shift to a lowcarbon energy mix. Indeed the 2DS does not mean that there is no room left for fossil fuels. In this scenario, fossil-fuels still account for 60 percent of primary energy demand in 2050.

  • Albert Binger

    Albert Binger,

    Energy Science Advisor, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

    Ocean thermal energy conversion is probably the oldest of renewable technologies. Of course, people also had windmills long ago. In 1881, I believe, a French scientist by the name of Jacques Arsened’Arsonval published the first paper on ocean thermal energy conversion. Interestingly it started in the decade of the 1880s where the industrial revolution started with the first thermal plant. So OTEC is not a rocket-science technology. When you look at it, it is a really simple technology, more like refrigeration than anything else. In your air condition unit you use electricity, create cold and discharge heat. OTEC just reverses that cycle. The OTEC plant is a piping system from the ocean with a warm-water pipe, a cold-water pipe and a returning pipe. It takes the warm part of the ocean to vaporize the ammonia, or whatever it is from liquid to gas, which increases its volume tremendously because of the transition into a gaseous state. So, it has the ability to work. It runs a turbine, which in turn runs a generator and we have electricity. The exhaust from the turbine is then cooled in the depths of the ocean at about 1,000 metres, with water temperatures around 4 to 6 degrees Celsius, which condense back the ammonia and close the cycle. It changes nothing in the environment, except from removing heat from the ocean, which is something we really want to get rid of anyway.

  • Friedbert Pflüger

    Friedbert Pflüger,

    Director, European Center for Energy and Resource Security at King’s College London

    We will still be far away from a so-called age of renewables for at least the next two decades. It is true that the dominance of the traditional fossil fuels will wane due to the rise of renewable energy sources, but not by much. Since total energy demand by 2035 is expected to increase by over 30 percent, the consumption of and demand for fossil fuels are also set to increase. Perhaps the only chance that the planet has is the hope of a more efficient and economic utilization of energy in the future.



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