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26 March 2015

7:00 – 9:00Registration
Moderator of the Conference: Christoph von Marschall
9:00 – 9:40Hermann Albers, Vice President, German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE)
A Resilient Economy through Renewable Energy
Prof. Dr. Martin Viessmann, President and CEO of Viessmann Group
Energy Transition – The Key to Success is the Dual Strategy of Renewable Energy and Efficiency
Jeremy Rifkin, President, Foundation on Economic Trends
The Transition to Zero Marginal Cost Renewable Energy and the Third Industrial Revolution
9:40 – 10:00Coffee Break
10:00 – 11:00Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Foreign Minister, Germany
New Energy Policy – A Global Challenge for the 21st Century
Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
15 Years of the German Energiewende – Lessons learnt
Adnan Amin, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA
Global Developments and Challenges for Renewable Energies
11:00 – 12:30Panel: How should Enabling Policies for a successful Energy Transition look like?

Moderator: Rainer Baake, State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

  • Martin Lidegaard, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Denmark

  • Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway

  • Suhail Al Mazroui, Minister of Energy, United Arab Emirates

  • Jan Mládek, Minister of Trade and Industry, Czech Republic

  • Liu Qi, Deputy Director of the National Energy Administration, China

  • Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)

  • Dr. Markus Tacke, CEO, Siemens Wind Power
12:30 – 13:45Lunch Break
13:45 – 15:15 Breakout SessionsSession 1 [W]: Key Role of Political Frameworks: Defining the Right Incentive Scheme

Moderator: Peter Fischer, Deputy Director-General for Globalisation, Energy and Climate Policy, German Federal Foreign Office
Matthias Buck, Policy Officer in the Energy Department for Renewable Energies, Energy Efficiency, Research and Innovation, DG Energy, European Commission
Joachim Goldbeck, Managing Director Goldbeck Solar
Dr. Magdy Rady, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Economic Relations and International Cooperation, Egypt
Mario C. Marasigan, Director IV, Renewable Energy Management Bureau, Department of Energy, the Philippines
Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)
Session 2 [E]: Market and System Integration of Variable Renewable Power Generation

Moderator: Dr. Karin Freier, Head of Division Renewable Energies, German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy
Jean-François Conil-Lacoste, Chairman of the Management Board, EPEX SPOT
Boris Schucht, CEO, 50Hertz Transmission GmbH
Dr. Ruth Brand Schock, Head of International Governmental and Political Relations, ENERCON GmbH
Prof. Dr. Uwe Leprich, Scientific Director, IZES gGmbH
Wang Zhongying, Deputy Director-General, Energy Research Institute (ERI), National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)
Session 3 [L]: Centralized vs. Decentralized Energy Transition, Mini-Grids, Off-Grid RES

Moderator: Dr. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk, Deputy Director-General for Sustainable Development, German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development
Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber, Director, Fraunhofer ISE
Clemens Triebel, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer (CVO), Younicos
Scott Foster, Director, Sustainable Energy Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Klara Lindner, Service Design Lead, Mobisol GmbH
15:15 – 15:45Coffee Break
15:45 – 17:15
Breakout Sessions
Session 4 [W]: Key Role of Financing: How to attract Private and Public Investments

Moderator: Silvia Kreibiehl, Head of the Frankfurt School - United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre
Dr. Norbert Kloppenburg, Member of the Executive Board, KfW Group
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, Minister’s Assistant for International Cooperation Affairs, Qatar
Astrid Manroth, Managing Director, Head of Environmental and Social Capital, Deutsche Bank
Dr. Karsten Sach, Deputy Director-General for Climate Policy, European and International Policy, German Federal Environment Ministry
Anders Hauch, Investment Director & Partner, DI Frontier Market Energy & Carbon Fund
Session 5 [E]: Grid Integration, Grid Management & Grid Development

Moderator: Ulrich Benterbusch, Managing Director, German Energy Agency (dena)
Dr. Philipp Strauss, Member of the Board DERlab e.V., Deputy Director Fraunhofer IWES Kassel
Dr. Jan M. Mrosik, CEO Division Energy Management, Siemens AG
Achim Zerres, Head of Energy Regulation at Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur)
Prof. Tomas Kåberger, Professor for Industrial Energy Policy, Energy and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Christian D’Adamo, Head of Operations and Maintenance, Enel Distribuzione
Session 6 [L]: Economic Value Creation, Sustainable Growth and Jobs

Moderator: Michaela Spaeth, Head of Division, Energy and Raw Material Foreign Policy, German Federal Foreign Office
Dr. Henning Wüster, Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Dr. Barbara Praetorius, Deputy Executive Director and Head of Team Germany, Agora Energiewende
Sir David King, Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, the United Kingdom
Milan Nitzschke, Vice President, Solarworld
Prof. Dr. Maciej Nowicki, Professor, Former Minister of the Environment, Poland
Toshiro Okada, Director, Senior Policy Advisor, International Affairs Division, Commissioner’s Secretariat, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
17:15 – 17:45Plenary: Session Summaries

27 March 2015

7:00 – 9:00Registration
9:00 – 9:15Dr. Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany
The Global Energy Transition – Prerequisite for mitigating Climate Change
9:15 – 11:00Ministerial Panel on International Renewable Flagship Projects

Moderator: Christoph von Marschall

  • Dr. Peter Gašperšič, Minister of Infrastructure, Slovenia

  • Dr. Ali Saleh Al-Omair, Minister of Oil and Minister of State of the National Assembly, Kuwait

  • Youcef Yousfi, Minister of Energy and Mining, Algeria

  • Andrei Dominic Gerea, Minister of Energy, SMEs and Business Milieu, Romania

  • Nils Vikmång, State Secretary to Minister for Energy, Ministry of the Environment, Sweden

11:00 – 11:30Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:00
Breakout Sessions
Session 7 [L]: Efficient Financing through Effective Administration

Moderator: Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, REN21
Datuk Loo Took Gee, Secretary General, Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia
Prof. Dr. Mario Ragwitz, Deputy Head of Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets, Coordinator of Business Unit Renewable Energies, Fraunhofer ISI
Mokgadi Modise, Chief Director for Clean Energy, Department of Energy, South Africa
Jan-Benjamin Spitzley, PV Legal Project, Deputy Head of Policy Department, eclareon
Sven Teske, Senior Energy Expert, Greenpeace International
Session 8 [E]: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Heating and Cooling

Moderator: Thorsten Herdan, Director-General, Energy Policy Department, German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy
Tanja Gönner, Chair of the Management Board of GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit)
Dr. Carsten Rolle, Executive Director World Energy Council Germany, Federation of German Industries (BDI)
Abdelkader Baccouche, Head of Solar Thermal Department, National Agency of Energy Conservation ANME, Tunisia
Dr. Frank Schmidt, Board of Directors, Viessmann Group
Geir Nysetvold, Director for Strategy and Communication Enova (Norway), President of the European Energy Network
Session 9: Market Developments and Free Trade

Moderator: Jörg Mayer, Managing Director, German Solar Association (BSW)
Dr. Paolo Frankl, Head of the Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Paddy Padmanathan, CEO, ACWA Power
Prof. Gernot Klepper, Head of Environment and Natural Resources, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)
Filipe Ramalheira, Chair TBT Committee 2014 (Technical Barriers to Trade), World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Dr. Stefan Krieger, Director International Relations, German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW)
13:00 – 13:30Plenary Wrap-Up and Close
Host and Moderator
13:30 – 14:30Light Lunch