Speaker Biographies

jurgen-trittinJürgen Trittin has been a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the German Parliament since 2014. As a deputy member, he also serves on the Committee on the Affairs of the European Union and the Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy. Moreover, he is a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. In 2015 and 2016 he co-chaired the Commission on the financing of the nuclear phase-out in Germany. Until 2013, he was Chairman of the Parliamentary Group Alliance 90/The Greens in the German Parliament. From 2005 to 2009, Jürgen Trittin served as Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Group Alliance 90/The Greens in the German Parliament, in charge of Foreign, Security and European Policy. He holds an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Göttingen, Germany, and worked as a research associate, press spokesman of Alliance 90/The Greens in the Regional State Parliament of Lower Saxony and as a freelance journalist. After having won a seat in the Regional State Parliament of Lower Saxony in 1985, Trittin was Minister for Federal and European Affairs in the Regional State of Lower Saxony from 1990 to 1994. From 1994 to 1998, he served as Spokesman for the National Executive Committee of Alliance 90/The Greens. Since 1998, Jürgen Trittin has been a Member of the German Parliament. From 1998 to 2005, he was Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. https://www.trittin.de/english/

bio_schafhausenFranzjosef Schafhausen is the Deputy Director General for Environment and Energy in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. He is also the Chairman of the Inter-ministerial Working Group on “CO2-Reduction” and the Working Group on “Emissions Trading”. Trained as a banker in Düsseldorf, he moved on to attend the University of Cologne for Economics and Public Finance. He worked as a Scientist with the University of Cologne as well as with the Environmental Protection Agency in Berlin. In Bonn, Franzjosef worked for the Federal Ministry of the Interior before becoming head of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature, Conservation and Nuclear Safety Division.

high-res-pic-of-peterPeter Robinson is the Chief Executive Officer of the David Suzuki Foundation and serves as a Director on the Board of Imagine Canada, an organization that supports charities across the country. He holds a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, as well as diplomas in Community Economic Development and Fish & Wildlife Management. He completed a Doctor of Social Sciences in 2014. He began his career working as a park ranger in wilderness areas throughout BC, where he was decorated for bravery by the Governor General of Canada. After his park career, he worked at BC Housing, eventually becoming its CEO. Prior to his current position, he served as the CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op. Peter’s humanitarian work includes working with the International Red Cross as well as leading a team that monitored detained asylum seekers in BC. http://davidsuzuki.org/about/staff/peter-robinson/


lukas-meyerSince October 2013, Dr. Meyer has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Graz and the Deputy Head of the Institute for Philosophy, in addition to being a professor of Philosophy. He has studied philosophy, political science, history and public law at the Universität Tübingen, FU Berlin, Washington University in St. Louis, Yale Law School and received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Oxford. He was Fellow at the Ethics Centre of the Harvard University and Feodor-Lynen Research Fellow at the Columbia University in New York City. Ongoing research projects on intergenerational justice, the ethics of climate change and historical justice. He also serves as the spokesperson for the interdisciplinary FWF Doctoral Programme Climate Change – Uncertainties, Thresholds and Coping Strategies was authorized. http://homepage.uni-graz.at/en/lukasmeyer/

unnamedJakob Peter is a Research Associate at the University of Cologne’s Energy Research and Scenarios. He has a Bsc in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich, where he studied under the Professorship of Renewable Energy Carriers, as well as an MsC, where he concentrated on numerical modeling of carbon dioxide sorption cycles on porous sorbent structures. He was a fellow at both the UNITECH international program and the Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs, and is currently acquiring his PhD at the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne. He has also held various internships, working for companies concentrated on solar energy, thermodynamics, carbon offsetting, and ocean energies. His research interests include market integration of renewable energies as well as economic and technical modelling of energy systems. http://www.ewi.uni-koeln.de/about-us/fellows/doctoral-fellows/jakob-peter/

gernot-wagnerGernot Wagner is a research associate at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, a lecturer on Environmental Science and Public Policy, and a Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment. His most recent book, Climate Shock, joint with Harvard’s Martin Weitzman and published by Princeton University Press, is a 2015 Top 15 Financial Times McKinsey Business Book. His books have earned plaudits from voices as diverse as Van Jones and Bill McKibben on the one hand and Peter Orszag, Jeff Sachs, and Nassim Nicholas Taleb on the other. Prior to Harvard, Gernot served as economist at the Environment Defense Fund, most recently as its lead senior economist and member of its Leadership Council, and taught energy economics at Columbia and the NYU Stern School of Business. http://gwagner.com/bio/

james-meadowcroftJames Meadowcroft is a Professor in both the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. His research is focused on the ways governments are adjusting their practices and policies to cope with the emergence of problems of the environment and sustainable development. Meadowcroft has written widely on environmental politics and policy, democratic participation and deliberative democracy, national sustainable development strategies, and socio- technical transitions. Recent work focuses on energy and the transition to a low carbon society, and includes publications on carbon capture and storage (CCS), smart grids, the development of Ontario’s electricity system, the politics of socio-technical transitions, and negative carbon emissions. He co-edited the first international comparative study of the politics and policy of CCS (Caching the Carbon, Edward Elgar, 2009). Meadowcroft’s research has been funded by the UK ERSC, SSHRC, NSERC and Carbon Management Canada. He has supervised PhD students working on a variety of environment and energy-related topics including North American air pollution, the politics of biofuels, decarbonization pathways and energy futures. https://carleton.ca/sppa/people/meadowcroft-james/

pechan-2607aAnna Pechan is a post-doctoral research associate in the Environmental and Development Economics group at the University of Oldenburg in the research project de.zentral (www.de-zentral.de/en). She completed her PhD thesis at the University of Oldenburg focusing on the impacts of climate change on the energy sector, adaptation options as well as the promotion of renewable energies, developing and applying numerical simulation models of the power market. She holds a MA in Sustainability Economics and Management from the University of Oldenburg and a BA in European Economic studies from the University of Bamberg. Her current research focuses on the impact of institutional framework conditions on electricity generation technologies, with particular attention to the institutional requirements for a centralized or a more decentralized energy system. https://www.uni-oldenburg.de/en/wire/vwl/environment-and-development-economics/team/anna-pechan/

klaus-bergerKlaus Berger is the Vice President of Mercedes-Benz Canada’s Fuel Cell Division. Klaus has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. He joined Daimler in Germany, and held various positions in Daimler’s technology development, mechanical engineering and factory construction divisions. In addition, Berger was also responsible for several production start-ups in the company’s powertrain fields. He is responsible for the production and technology development of fuel cell components and he also established a team for the preparation of fuel cell stack production as well as a technical laboratory in Stuttgart, Germany for the development of fuel cell stack components. Klaus is bringing in the first generation of personal fuel cell-powered travel to Canada. http://www.hfc2015.com/speakers/mr.-klaus-berger

karoline-augensteinDr. Karoline Augenstein is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy in Wuppertal, Germany and a member of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN). B.A. in European Studies from the University of Maastricht and an M.A. in Sustainability Economics and Management from the University of Oldenburg in 2014 completed her PhD on “E-mobility as a sustainable system innovation – Insights from a Captured Niche” at the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics at the University of Wuppertal. In conjunction with the research she conducted for her thesis, she continues to focus on the emergence of system innovations, the role of industry incumbents and narrative approaches to the study of sustainability transitions, especially in the field of transport and sustainable mobility. http://wupperinst.org/en/c/wi/c/s/cd/1057/

jaxsenDr. Jonn Axsen is an Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University. He has a First class honours BBA from Simon Fraser University, an MRM from Simon Fraser University and a PhD in Transportation Technology and Policy for the University of California, Davis. He explores transitions to sustainable energy systems. He draws from disciplines of economics, psychology, sociology and engineering to investigate the nexus of technology, environmental policy, and consumer behaviour. Jonn was recognized as“Young Researcher of the Year” at the OECD’s 2011 International Transportation Forum.His specific research interests include: adoption of pro-environmental technology; electric mobility and alternative fuel vehicles; consumer attitudes, values, lifestyle and social influence; citizen acceptance of energy and policy; energy system simulation modelling; and climate policy design and impacts. http://www.rem.sfu.ca/people/faculty/jaxsen/

kathryn-harrisonKathryn Harrison is Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts and a Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. She has degrees in Chemical Engineering and Political Science from Western University, MIT, and UBC. Before entering academia, she worked as a chemical engineer in the oil industry, and as a policy analyst for both Environment Canada and the United States Congress.  Dr. Harrison is the author or editor of several volumes, the most recent of which is Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change, and has published widely on Canadian and US climate and environmental policy. Prior to her appointment as Associate Dean, Professor Harrison served as Associate Dean, Faculty and Equity, and Associate Dean, Communications and Strategy, in the Faculty of Arts. http://www.politics.ubc.ca/about-us/faculty-members/bfont-color-blue-full-time-facultyfontb/kathryn-harrison.html

mark-purdonMark is an adjunct professor at the Department of Political Science at the Université de Montréal and a co-founder and executive director of the Institut québécois du carbone. He has a BSc from Mount Allison University, an MSc from the University of Quebec and Montreal, an MSc from Oxford, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Mark also completed a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the London School of Economics. His company seeks to advance climate policy research in Quebec and is increasingly being sought out as an expert on climate policy in North America. His objective is to build a bottom-up understanding of global climate change politics through research as well as rethinking international relations theory to better accommodate domestic politics. Mark’s interests also include the political economy of the nascent carbon market established between California and Quebec. www.iqcarbone.org

img_doerte_ohlhorstDr. Dörte Ohlhorst is a senior researcher at the Environmental Policy Research Centre, Freie Univerität Berlin, Germany. Diploma (equiv. to M.A.) in Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin. PhD in Political Science on “Windenergy in Germany. Constellations, dynamics and regulation in the innovation process”. She was a research fellow and head of the Department for Climate & Energy at the Center for Technology and Society, Berlin Technical University from 1999 to 2012. She was a research associate at the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) from 2009 to 2012. Since 2012 she is project manager within the Helmholtz Alliance “ENERGY TRANS – Future infrastructures for meeting energy demands” at the Environmental Policy Research Centre, Berlin. She is a co-founder and member of the executive board of the Institute for Sustainable Use of Energy and Resources (INER) in Berlin. In many of her research projects she has been working with an interdisciplinary approach. She is an expert in the fields of renewable energy policy, innovation research, multi-level governance, sustainability strategies, social participation and interdisciplinary research methods. www.polsoz.fu-berlin.de/polwiss/forschung/systeme/ffu/ueber_uns/team/mitarbeiter/ohlhorst-doerte/index.html

sumeet-gulatiSumeet is an Associate Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics at the University of British Columbia, studying the economics of urban transportation. He holds a BA in Economics from University of Mumbai, an MA from the Delhi School of Economics and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland. His research interests lie in the economics of urban transportation, the effectiveness of carbon taxes, the effectiveness of environmental policy, the political economy of environmental and trade policy, international trade and its effect on the environment. Sumeet recently co-published the study “Comparing household greenhouse gas emissions across Canadian cities,” in the Journal of Regional Science and Urban Economics with Juan Fercovic. He also previously studied the cost-effectiveness of programs designed to improve energy efficiency. http://sumeetgulati.landfood.ubc.ca/?login

juan-ferkovicJuan is currently a staff member of the Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) playing a role in academic coordination and research. He has a degree in Agriculture Engineering as well as an MSc in Agriculture Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the UBC MFRE program. His research interests lie in environmental economics particularly in water resources, GHG emissions and the economics of Climate change. Juan recently co-authored the study “Comparing household greenhouse gas emissions across Canadian cities,” which utilized census data spanning 12 years to rank cities carbon dioxide emissions per average income Canadian households. His research revealed average household CO2 emissions fell almost two tonnes from 1997 to 2009 and Montreal, Quebec has the lowest CO2 levels across Canada.

oliver-heidrichSince 1992 Oliver has worked with national and international companies, local authorities and Universities in waste, recycling, environmental, life cycle assessment, stakeholder and corporate management. Oliver has a Masters of Engineering in Civil Engineering from HTWd Saarlands, an MSc in Clean Technologies from Newcastle University, and a PhD in Environmental Engineering and Business Psychology. He was a director of Econoplas, a plastic manufacturing business and SEQM a business consultancy business. He provides detailed understanding of the inter-relationships between resource use and their spatial distribution within and outside cities, in relation to climate change, the built environment, and associated resource requirements. Besides his many expert reports and research papers, Oliver is concerned to see the results of his research disseminated through the wider press and digital media. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ceg/role/profile/oliverheidrich.html#background

wh168477Stephanie Cairns is Director of Sustainable Communities with the Smart Prosperity Institute, Canada’s leading source of research and policy insights for a stronger, cleaner economy. She has worked on environment, economy, and fiscal policy research initiatives in Canada for 25 years, helping policy makers distill expert advice, synthesize emerging best practices, and plan new initiatives. She has been a policy advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office, a consultant or board member with Canada’s leading environmental think tanks, and, most recently, one of 5 members of the Alberta Climate Change Advisory Panel.