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Plenary Speakers

This is a preliminary overview of the ISES Solar World Congress Pleanry Sessions - any changes will be announced here.

Session: 100% Renewable Energy as a Solution to Climate Change - Tuesday, 5 Nov.

Werner Weiss - IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme / AEE, Austria

Werner Weiss isfounding member and director of the Austrian research institute AEE – Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC) and is working in national and international solar thermal and energy efficiency projects since the beginning of the 1980ies. Since 2009 he is board member of the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling and the Austrian representative in the Executive Committee of theSolar Heating and Cooling Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Since 2007 he is lecturer at Vienna University of Technology.

Rana Adib - REN21, France

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Session: Sector Coupling and Technology Integration - Wednesday, 6 Nov.

Alina Gilmanova - Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Alina Gilmanova is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Electrical Engineering at the Chinese Academy of Science. Her research focus covers Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) policy and the role if CSP in the global energy interconnection. She received a PhD from Unicamp (Brazil) on Solar Energy Policy, a Master from UPMF (France) on International Development and a Bachelor degree in Finance in Russia.

Juan Roberto Paredes - Interamerican Development Bank (IADB), USA

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Claudio Seebach - Generadoras, Chile

Claudio Seebach is an Industrial Electrical Engineer from the Catholic University of Chile with a Master of Science in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. He has worked in the public and private sector, academia and civil society, in a broad range of areas, from public management, government reform, education, public private partnership, poverty, infrastructure to energy. He is currently Executive Chairman Generadoras de Chile, the business association of Chilean electricity generators. He is cofounder of Enseña Chile (part of the Teach for All network); Elige Educar; the B company Próxima Servicios; and the infrastructure developer Nueva Vía. He is member of the council of SOFOFA, Chile industry association; ambassador of Hay Mujeres; member of the COP25 Presidential Advisory Council; and member of the advisory councils of the School of Government of the Universidad Católica, the Research Center for integrated Disaster Risk Management (CIGIDEN), and the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES). He has served as Head of the Interministerial Coordination Division in Chile’s Ministry of the Presidency; Executive Director of the Public Policy Center and the Catholic University of Chile; advisor in the cabinet of the Minister of Public Works, Transport and Telecommunication; and is the National Director of the NGO Un Techo para Chile.

Paula Estevez - International Division Ministry of Energy, Chile

Paula Estévez is the Head of International Affairs at the Chilean Ministry of Energy where she is responsible for directly advising the Minister of Energy on international relations, as well as leading the design and implementation of the Ministry’s international activities. Previously, she worked at Vestas Wind Systems, a global leader in manufacturing and sale of wind turbines, where she was in charge of the environmental processes of several projects in South America and business development in the Sales Department. Her background also includes consulting on the development of waste-to-energy projects in Latin America for the Earth Engineering Center at Columbia University, private companies and the Inter-American Development Bank, among others. Ms. Estévez holds a Master of Science in Earth Resources Engineering from Columbia University, as well as an Engineering Degree in Civil Construction from the Pontífica Universidad Católica de Chile.


Session: Best practice Policies and Actions at the regional and global level - Thursday, 7 Nov.

Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes - European Renewable Energies Federation, Belgium

Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes is an experienced renewable energy expert. After having served as the President of the European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF) from 2010 to 2014, he is one of the association’s Vice-Presidents now. He is representing EREF as a Steering Committee Member of REN21. Rainer is also a Board Member of the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE). He is the Chairman of BEE’s European and international affairs Committee. Rainer is a Member of the Advisory Council and the Head of the Policy Committee of the World Renewable Energy Network (WREN). And he is a lifetime member of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). Before joining the renewable energy sector, from 1998 to 2005, he was a Director General in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).


Important Dates

Extended abstract submission deadline 22 March 2019
Notification of authors 24 May 2019
Registration opens 29 May 2019
Deadline for full papers 16 September 2019
Early bird registration deadline 16 September 2019
Author registration deadline 16 September 2019

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