Adnan Z Amin
Adnan Z. Amin is the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), currently serving his second term. He has over twenty five years of experience and recognized accomplishments in the international arena, primarily in the fields of sustainable development, international energy and environment policy, as well as a solid track record in institutional and organisational development and management of international organisations. Mr. Amin joined IRENA in 2010 as the Interim Director-General of the Preparatory Commission for IRENA. In April 2011, he was elected as the agency’s first Director-General. During his tenure, IRENA has become the global authority on renewable energy and a vibrant international organisation.
Mr. Margeirsson, CEO of HS Orka, is highly experienced within the geothermal sector with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Mr. Margeirsson served as Chairman of HS Orka 2010-2013 and serves as a board member of the Blue Lagoon. He previously served as a board member and Chairman for the Geothermal Association of Iceland. Other previous positions include CEO of Magma Energy Iceland, CEO of Geysir Green Energy, COO and Deputy CEO of Reykjavik Energy and Technical Director of Iceland Drilling Co. Mr. Margeirsson has also served on the boards of several geothermal companies in three different continents and has been involved in geothermal exploration and development in various countries for 20 years. Ásgeir Margeirsson holds a Lic. Techn. degree in Construction Management from the Technical University in Lund, Sweden and a C.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Iceland in Reykjavik
Dr. Hörður Arnarson
Hordur Arnarson completed his electrical engineering studies at the University of Iceland in 1986 and went on to obtain a doctorate from the Technical University of Denmark, in Copenhagen four years later, in 1990. Hordur began working for the food processing developer Marel in 1985 and became CEO in 1999, a position he held for ten years. He was then appointed Managing Director at the Sjóvá insurance company, leading the restructure of the organisation.
Lilja Alfreðsdóttir is the Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade since 8 April 2016. Education: Columbia University, New York, MIA in International Economic Policy 1999-2001 University of Iceland, Reykjavík, undergraduate degree in Political Science 1994-1998 Minnesota University, Minneapolis, exchange student (macroeconomics and philosophy)1998 Ewha University, Seoul, South-Korea, exchange student (East Asian political history) 1993-1994 Experience: Central Bank of Iceland, Deputy - Director, General Secretariat and International Affairs 2016- Prime Minister's Office, Special Liaison 2014-2015 Central Bank of Iceland, Deputy - Director, General Secretariat and International Affairs 2013-2014 International Monetary Fund, Advisor, Washington DC 2010-2013 Central Bank of Iceland, Deputy - Director, International Affairs and Market Operations 2001-2010 Scholarships: Fulbright 1999/Columbia University Íslandsbanki 2000/Columbia University IESP 1998/University of Minnesota
Michael Porter is an economist, researcher, author, advisor, speaker and teacher. Throughout his career at Harvard Business School, he has brought economic theory and strategy concepts to bear on many of the most challenging problems facing corporations, economies and societies, including market competition and company strategy, economic development, the environment, and health care. His extensive research is widely recognized in governments, corporations, NGOs, and academic circles around the globe. His research has received numerous awards, and he is the most cited scholar today in economics and business. While Michael Porter is, at the core, a scholar, his work has also achieved remarkable acceptance by practitioners across multiple fields. Dr. Porter’s initial training was in aerospace engineering at Princeton University. He then earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard’s Department of Economics.
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland
Ólafur Ragnar is the fifth President of the Republic of Iceland. He was elected in 1996. Ólafur Ragnar took his BA degree in Economics and Political Science at the University of Manchester in 1965 and completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at the same university in 1970. From 1978 to 1991, Ólafur Ragnar served in the Parlament. In the years 1988-1991 he was Minister of Finance. Among many international awards he has received is the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize which he received on behalf of PGA. Ólafur Ragnar was a member of the committee of the Peace Initiative of Six Heads of State in the years 1984-1989, and was awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Ås (Norway) in 1997, the University of Manchester in 2001, by The State University of Ohio in 2009, by Laval University (Québec) in 2015 and by Kookmin University in Seoul also in 2015.
Ms. Kyte is a longtime advocate for sustainable development, currently oversees work on climate change adaptation, mitigation, climate finance, and disaster risk and resilience across the institutions of the World Bank Group. The climate group is focused on ensuring that all Bank Group operations integrate climate change and take into account the opportunities presented by inclusive green growth. She previously served as World Bank vice president for sustainable development and was the International Finance Corporation’s vice president for business advisory services and a member of the IFC’s management team. Ms. Kyte is a professor of practice in sustainable development at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from Tufts University, and a bachelor’s degree in history and politics from the University of London.
Achim Fischer - Erdsiek
25 years experience as an insurance broker. Coming from oil and gas exploration risk management and insurances. Learning about the special needs of the geothermal industrie for over 10 years now. Head of finance and law in the Geothermal Cluster Geoenergy Celle e.V..Dedicated to Iceland via the local drilling company and the Icelandic Geothermal cluster.
Since November 2009, Adonai Herrera-Martínez is the Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Senior Manager at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) based in Istanbul. His work includes the coordination of the sustainable energy activities of the Bank in Turkey, covering private sector investments, technical assistance to clients and policy dialogue to support the mainstreaming of resource efficiency and renewable energy. He co-led the development of the Renewable Energy Action Plan for Turkey in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, and is currently leading EBRD’s Early Stage Geothermal Development Support (PLUTO) Programme. Adonai previously worked at UNDP in New York and Dakar, and at CERN in Geneva. He received his MBA degree from INSEAD in 2009 and his PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Cambridge in 2004.
Profession: Geologist, graduate from “Universidad de Guanajuato” in 1986. Currently coursing a MBA in “Universidad del Valle de México”. He worked 16 years in the Mining Industry in México with different national and international companies. He also, has 14 years of experience in geothermal with CFE. Works in Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field since 2002 and currently works as Studies Head, he is in charge of steam production control and program, exploration of new areas, and the medium and long term planning. In the Geothermal Industry, he has presented several studies focused on exploration of new areas around the Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field, at northwest of Mexico.
Anna Lilja Oddsdóttir
Anna Lilja Oddsdóttir is a Specialist at Orkustofnun. She has worked in the energy sector since 2005 first at Reykjavik Energy where she worked on various projects related to heat utilities. Since 2010 she has worked at Orkustofnun as a specialist, on various energy tasks, e.g. on surveillance regarding geothermal and fuel, energy projects and communication issues. She has an M.S.c Degree in Geography since 2008 from University of Iceland.
INTERNATIONAL MARKETING AND SALES DIRECTOR Anthony Hinde graduated from Nottingham University in the UK with a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering. Most recently he obtained his MBA from Purdue University in the US and Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Anthony has worked in the power industry for over 13 years, specialising in both heat recovery and Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC). He has spoken at a number of the leading industry forums, and is a Chartered Engineer. As International Marketing and Sales Director for EXERGY, Anthony services clients across the globe, with in-depth specialist knowledge. He also manages the sales team and oversees the strategic marketing direction of the business.
Arna Pálsdóttir is a doctoral student at Cornell University in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Her research focuses on the extraction of metals from geothermal waters using supercritical fluids. Arna received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iceland in Chemical Engineering in 2013. During her undergraduate studies she did research at Caltech University and the University of Maryland and spent one semester as an exchange student at the Royal Technical Institute in Stockholm.
Atli Björn Þorbjörnsson
Atli has 15 years extensive experience in practicing law. With an LL.M. from Bristol University, Atli has practiced almost solely in the field of M&A and Finance with a strong focus on energy related projects. The past 10 years Atli became more engaged by Energy related Clients. This includes instructions on projects relating to acquisitions of concessions, district heating projects, drilling projects, acquisitions and sale of power generating companies to advising banks on financing of energy related projects. He has through his work for energy clients been involved on almost every aspect of the value chain for the power intensive industry. This ranges from advising corporate clients on investments into power intensive projects, building and operating power intensive metal plants and expansions thereof, Power Purchase Agreements, Take-off agreements, developing, sponsoring, financing etc. As a member of the BBA team, Atli advised in the development and creation of the legal framework.
Ágústa Ýr Þorbergsdóttir
Ágústa Ýr Thorbergsdóttir is the founder and owner of NAVIGO, a consultancy specializing in EU and International affairs with focus on Energy, Climate and Financial markets. Ms Thorbergsdóttir has an extensive professional experience working with the EU and International Finance Institutions. She is an expert on EU Energy and Climate policy and international finance in energy and climate related investments. Ms Thorbergsdóttir has worked extensively with the Icelandic Geothermal Sector in developing international strategy, access to funding and geothermal district heating.
Arni Magnusson joined Mannvit in February 2013 to head its Energy division. He is a board member of some of Mannvit’s subsidiaries including, GTN in Germany, LWRC in the UK and Mannvit kft in Hungary. Prior to joining Mannvit he headed the Sustainable Energy Team at Glitnir-Bank (Islandsbanki) since its establishment in March 2006. He was responsible for the creation of a new product in the U.S. Geothermal Energy Market, high-margin bridge loan facility, shortlisted by the Financial Times for the Sustainability Deal of the year. Furthermore, Arni oversaw the setup and execution of Íslandsbanki's New York-based subsidiary, Glacier, and sat on the board of the registered broker-dealer. Prior to joining Íslandsbanki (Glitnir) Arni was a member of the Icelandic Parliament and served as the Minister of Social Affairs,
Ásgrímur Guðmundsson is a geothermal project manager –senior geologist at Landsvirkjun (The National Power Company), since 2011. In the years 2010-2012 he worked as a geothermal consultant and drilling supervisor with the Qollahuasi mining company Chile and ISOR/VERKIS in Chile. Ásgrímur has a long experience in the fields of geothermal constultance and project managing. From the year of 2003-2011 for ÍSOR (Iceland Geosurvey) and Landsvirkjun. Before that (1983-2003) Ásgrímur was responsible for geothermal exploration, development and monitoring of the Krafla high temperature area, Iceland. 60 MW Geothermal Power Plant. As well as geothermal recearch program in Námafjall (Bjarnarflag) geothermal area, as a deputy manager at the National Energy Authority (NEA). Ásgrímur is a supervisor in borehole geology and related subjects and data interpretation at the United Nations University Geothermal Training Programs (since 1980).
Birgit is responsible for marketing at Verne Global – an innovative data center operator based near Keflavik, Iceland, which is using the country’s geothermal and hydro-electric energy to power their 100% green data center campus. Based in Germany, and part of a global team who oversee all marketing campaigns and operations, she has over 15 years of experience in marketing and communications in B2B and B2C environments. Prior to Verne Global she led different marketing teams at Nokia and German Telekom and is a specialist within the international technology and telecoms sectors.
Bjarni Bjarnason is the CEO of Orkuveita Reykjavíkur in Iceland (Reykjavik Energy). Bjarni holds BSc in geology from the University of Iceland and Technical Licentiate in mining engineering from the University of Luleå in Sweden. Bjarni has served in various CEO positions in the Icelandic energy sector prior to his present position. Reykjavik Energy is the main utility company in Iceland sourcing its heat and power production from geothermal. Bjarni also has wide experience in hydropower and he is a previous vice-chairman of the board of the International Hydropower Association.
Bjarni Már Júlíusson
Bjarni Már Júlíusson is the Managing Director of Technical Development at ON Power, subsidiary of Reykjavik Energy. Bjarni has extensive experience within the geothermal sector with over 25 years’ experience in power plant construction, refurbishment, operation and maintenance of both hydro- and geothermal power plants .He holds a B.Sc. in electrical engineering from Denmark and an MPM degree from Reykjavik University in project management. Before joining Reykjavik Energy in 2012, as a common project manager for the Icelandic geothermal power companies develop the Icelandic H2S abatement method “SulFix”, Bjarni worked for Landsvirkjun for 22 years, as a station manager in Krafla geothermal power plant and technical manager among other positions
Carine Chatenay is the Marketing Manager of the energy Division of Verkis Consulting Engineers. Her responsibilities encompass business development related to renewable energies: geothermal power and geothermal utilization, hydropower, wind, … She began working in Iceland soon after graduating as civil engineer from the INSA Toulouse (France) in 2000 and has since been involved as a consultant in various geothermal district heating and power projects.
Carlos Jorquera is currently working as an independent consultant in the Electric Sector. Since 2014, an advisor of the Chilean Geothermal Council in all instances of discussion about the new Energy Regulation that the Energy Ministry is conducting. Consultancies 2014-2015 for the companies Energia Andina S.A., Collahuasi geothermal project, Antuko Energy, ENORChile (power producer) and Tritec-Intervento. Before Mr. Jorquera worked as Planning and Development Director at Energia Andina S.A. (2011-2014), Managing Director GeothermHydro (2009–2014) and Project Engineer at Geysir Green Energy group (2007 – 2009).
Doctor in Geosciences at University of Paris in 1978, he is the founding President of the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC), International Geothermal Association (IGA) Board.. He began his career in the Geoservices Group and specialized in reservoir engineering, hydrogeology and deep drilling, he acquired a large experience, during 15 years of field works in oil and gas exploration. His activity has been performed worldwide (50 countries) with a strong experience in Eastern Europe and former CIS. Working in the private sector, but also during four years for CFG a subsidiary of BRGM Group, he contributed to the construction of geothermal plants corresponding to a total installed power of over 500 MW. Since 1998, he has occupied high managing positions in a listed engineering company specialized in environmental sector.
Ms. Danica Maljković has more than 10 years of experience in energy related project, especially in the district heating and renewables and energy efficiency. She worked on numerous of energy projects in the area with the focus on district heating, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. She has oriented her interests towards project development, market organisation, financing RES and energy efficiency projects, performing due diligences, working with energy efficiency in industry and developing market for district heating. She is and has been managing numerous of projects in the sector. She is involved in a number of projects financed by international financing institution.
Dany Batscha is a senior thermodynamic engineer in ORMAT responsible for all thermodynamic design aspects. Dan Batscha joined Ormat in 1988 after working for fossil power plant design and has since risen in Ormat to be the authority in power plant design. Danny has vast experience in developing power cycle solutions for the geothermal and waste heat applications and design of related equipment such as turbines, shell & tube and air cooled heat exchangers. Following his view of improvement & development, Danny is fully engaged with field tests of equipment and performance analysis of power plants. Danny holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, has 14 patents to his name and has written scientific papers on the efficient use of geothermal energy.
Dr Albert Genter
Dr Albert Genter the Deputy General Manager of ES-Géothermie, a subsidiary of Electricité de Strasbourg (ES). He has 30 years of experience in Geosciences and more specifically in deep geothermal energy. A. Genter was previously Scientific Manager of the EEIG Heat Mining called the Soultz-sous-Forêts geothermal project from 2007 to 2013. Before joining ES-Géothermie, Mr Genter had been working for 27 years for the French Geological Survey, BRGM. From July 2013, Albert Genter has been elected for 3 years at IGA (International Geothermal Association) as member of Board of Director. Dr Albert Genter is a structural geologist with a PhD in Applied Geology from Orleans University (France).
Dr Meseret Zemedkun
Dr. Meseret Zemedkun is the Program Manager of the African Rift Geothermal Development Facility (ARGeo) in UNEP since 2011. She is a geoscientist and has a PhD in Earth Sciences-Geothermics. Meseret worked for over 20 years in the Geological Survey of Ethiopia at various level of capacities from geologist to a Head of Department responsible for three operating. Her professional focus - as an International Geothermal Consultant - has been on the development, implementation and coordination of African regional geothermal programmes using her extensive knowledge and experience in geothermal science and engineering. She has substantial experience with developing and supporting geothermal development programs and significant knowledge of the East African rift countries, the geothermal actors, experts and institutions that are active in the region. Meseret has also been closely involved in different international assignments and a visiting researcher in various international institutions.
Dr Páll Valdimarsson
Páll Valdimarsson is a consultant on geothermal utilization and thermal engineering at pvald ehf, as well as an adjunct professor at Reykjavik University. Páll did his first work in geothermal utilization at the VGK consulting engineering company in Reykjavik for the Olkaria 1 geothermal plant in Kenya 1976. He was a researcher and a professor at the University of Iceland for 30 years, and has been a director or manager R&D at Enex, Green Energy Geothermal and Atlas Copco Gas and Process division. He has made shorter professionals detours into standardization, aircraft engines and aircraft accidents as well as Diesel engines. He has been a teacher in geothermal utilization at the United Nations University Geothermal Training Program for almost 30 years. His main field during the last decade or so has been thermal design of geothermal power plants.
Dr. Halldor G. Svavarsson,
Halldor G. Svavarsson is an associate professor at the School of Science and Engineering, Reykjavik University. He holds a B.Sc. in chemistry, an M.Sc. in materials science & engineering, and a PhD. in physics. He has three decades of research experience in a wide array of fields including ceramics, silicon, silica, nanostructures, geothermal resource activities, and algae cultivation. For the past 10 years he has collaborated on research with Blue Lagoon’s R&D center, the focus being the cultivation of blue-green microalgae and derivatives thereof. His collaboration with Blue Lagoon has also involved the supervision of students, many of whom have done their thesis work at Blue Lagoon’s R&D center. The results of Halldor’s research collaborations have been published in numerous refereed journals and also presented at various conferences.
Dr. Jefferson W. Tester
Dr. Tester is the Croll Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. He also serves as Director of the Cornell Energy Institute and is a Fellow in the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Prior to his appointment at Cornell in 2009, Dr. Tester was the H.P. Meissner Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and served as Director of MIT's Energy Laboratory for 12 years (1989-2001). While at MIT, Professor Tester chaired an 18-member international panel that evaluated the long term geothermal potential of the US, resulting a major report in 2007– The Future of Geothermal Energy. Dr. Tester was the US representative for geothermal energy to the IPCC working group which evaluated the global potential of renewable energy. Professor Tester is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2011 Dr. Tester received the Special Achievement Award, Geothermal Resources Council.
Dr. Loftur Reimar Gissurarson
Dr. Loftur Reimar Gissurarson has worked in quality management since 1990. He has implemented a number of audited and accredited management standards in companies, such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 27001, ISO 22000, ISO 15489, HACCP, CSR, Green Globe/Earth Check, BREEAM, COSO and Enterprise Risk Management COSO. Before joining Reykjavik Geothermal, he worked as Chief Quality Officer at Orkuveita Reykjavikur for 10 years where he managed with others the infrastructure of the company and re-engineering of processes. Loftur Reimar studied in Scotland where he obtained his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Edinburg.
Dr. Paolo Romagnoli
PAOLO ROMAGNOLI, graduated from Genoa University in Italy with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1984. He has about 30 years of experience in geothermal activities. His responsibilities have included development, design, operation and maintenance of geothermal resources. Paolo Romagnoli began his career in 1987 in the research field, in 1993 he was given the responsibility to oversee the geothermal Construction Department before being appointed in 1999, Manager of the geothermal power plants in Monte Amiata area in Italy. He currently serves as Manager at Enel Green Power, as head of Geothermal Center of Excellence and Drilling. His responsibilities include the identification of geothermal development opportunities worldwide and the management of Drilling department.
Elin Hallgrimsdottir is an engineer specialized in the mechanical engineering of geothermal power plants. She has for the past several years been the project manager at Hellisheidi power plant. In addition, she has 10 years of experience in process design and process description, preparation of international tender documents, evaluation of tenders and Client´s engineer support, i.e. civil contractor selection and contract negotiations for mechanical equipment. Elín has recently been a part of the engineering consulting team for the 4x45 MW geothermal power project in the North-East of Iceland being developed by Landsvirkjun. Her fields of specialization include planning, designing, supervision of mechanical systems (inc. steamfield and power plant), process equipment and district heating systems based on geothermal energy. She has extensive experience in geothermal projects in Iceland and internationally, including projects in Kenya and Chile.
Fida Abu Libdeh
Fida Abu Libdeh holds a Master's degree in Business Administration and a BSc degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering, with specialization in the utilization of silica and brine from geothermal power plants. She is also a licensed Engineer by profession. Fida is the CEO and co-Founder of geosilica Iceland ltd. where under her management the company has transcended from the research and development phase to a successful commercial phase. Fida is also an active motivational speaker in Iceland. She received awards and recognition from different awarding bodies, both from Iceland and international.
Gábor Molnár is assistant manager and senior engineer of Mannvit Kft in Hungary. Gábor Molnár is civil engineer, holding an MSc degree in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering from the Technical and Economical University of Budapest, Faculty of Civil Engineering; and a Geothermal Engineering degree from Technical University of Miskolc, Faculty of Earth and Science. He has an associate degree of Informatics from the Technical College of Budapest. He is designer and project manager of several geothermal projects in Central and Eastern Europe, with main focus on geothermal district heating systems. He was involved in the design and execution of the Szentlőrinc geothermal district heating project in Hungary and the preparation of the Miskolc geothermal project, he is involved in the Velika Ciglena power plant design, as well as other geothermal projects under preparation at the moment. He is assistant project manager of the South Hungarian EGS Demonstration Project.
Geir Þórólfsson is Engineering Manager at HS Orka. Geir has over 40 years’ experience in Geothermal Engineering. He holds a Cand Scient and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iceland (1976, 2002). He worked at the VGK consulting engineering company on design and supervision of building the Power Station in Svartsengi, before joining HS Orka in 1981. He has served as Power Plant Manager, Project Manager, and trouble shooter during his 35 years of duty.
Gestur R. Bardarson, VP Technology of Green Energy Geothermal, Ltd. Gestur lead the development and design of the GEG wellhead power plants since the early start of this new innovative business concept in 2011.
Guðmundur J Bjarnason
Guðmundur Jón Bjarnason is the CEO at DMM Solutions Iceland and an experienced asset management specialist. Guðmundur has over 20-year experience in the energy sector. He worked for Landsvirkjun from 1996 – 2000 and has since, on behalf of DMM, worked with HS Orka, ON Power and Landsvirkjun in all the geothermal power plants in Iceland, with focus on asset management systems. He is one of the founders and a board member at FVSI, the Icelandic Asset Management Association and he was an observing member on behalf of the Icelandic Council for Standardization while ISO 55000 was under development, the first international standard for asset management, published in 2014. Guðmundur Jón Bjarnason holds a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from DTU, The Technical University of Denmark, and a MBA degree from Reykjavik University
Guðni Axelsson, Ph.D. is director of geothermal training at Iceland GeoSurvey, ÍSOR and Adjunct professor in geothermal science at the University of Iceland. Mr.Axelsson specializes in geothermal reservoir physics, including testing, monitoring and modelling of geothermal reservoirs, as well having long experience in geothermal resource management, including reinjection, tracer testing and sustainable utilization. He has e.g. worked on geothermal projects in Iceland, China, The Philippines, Kenya, Central-America and Europe. Guðni has been involved in world-wide geothermal training and technology transfer for 25 years, in particular through the United Nations University Geothermal Training Programme. He is first author of more than 50 international publications, co-author of numerous others as well as author or co-author of more than 250 reports.
Gunnar Tryggvason is a Senior Manager at KPMG advisory and an energy specialist. Gunnar has advised international geothermal companies and investors on M&A, financing, valuation and strategy. Prior to joining KPMG Gunnar was CFO of a geothermal development company and banker.
Mr. Gurbuz Gonul joined the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in 2014 as Senior Programme Officer for administering the Regions Unit. Formerly, he worked as Senior Energy Economist of the Islamic Development Bank between 2010 and 2014, where he led the work for the development of an Energy Sector Policy for the Bank as well as complex loan and technical assistance projects in Africa and Asia. Between 2004 and 2010, Mr. Gonul served as a Senior Expert at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels, where he spearheaded policy analysis, sectoral in-depth reviews, regional / country reviews concerning energy investments, trade and transportation. He also held positions in the EU Delegation in Ankara and Turkey’s Ministry of Energy since 1993.
Halla Hrund Logadóttir
Halla Hrund Logadóttir is the Director of Iceland School of Energy (ISE) at Reykjavík University in Iceland. Halla also serves as an advisor to the Minister of Industry and Commerce on Iceland's Energy Fund and is a co-author of the Harvard case: Iceland’s Energy Policy, Finding the Right Path Forward. Previously, Halla worked on entrepreneurship projects in Togo in West Africa, and for the “Aid for Trade” initiative at the OECD in Paris. She also spent several years working for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, at Iceland’s Embassy in Brussels, where she focused on European Union affairs and bilateral relations. Halla studied political science and economics at the University of Iceland, LSE and the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Harpa Petursdottir graduated with a Master of Law in 2010 with emphasis on national and international energy law. Harpa has been working mainly with energy and natural resources law at Reykjavik Energy, for the Icelandic National Energy Authority and BBA Legal. She was a project manager for the National Regulatory Authority of the NEA, responsible for ensuring that licencing and regulation of Iceland´s electricity generation, transmission and distribution was in accordance with national and international law as well as in drafting bills for the Ministry of Innovation and Industry. Harpa also has in depth knowledge of the legal framework for geothermal in Iceland. She has written a number of articles and reports on geothermal as well as assisting foreign governments with legal and regulatory matters Harpa has worked as a Lecturer at the Bifrost University Faculty of Law as well as being a board member for the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Research at the University of Iceland.
Hildigunnur H Thorsteinsson
Hildigunnur Thorsteinsson is the Managing Director for Research and Development at Reykjavik Energy. In her role, she oversees natural resource management and R&D for the company. Previously, she led the Hydrothermal and Resource Confirmation team at the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy. There she managed an extensive portfolio of RD&D grants, led technical road mapping and budget formulation. Prior to working for the U.S. Department of Energy, she was a project manager and engineer at geothermal developers in both the United States and Iceland. Currently, Mrs. Thorsteinsson serves on the boards of ON Power, the Icelandic Geothermal Association and Iceland Geothermal. She received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iceland in 2005, and a Master of Science in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008.
Hildur Magnúsdóttir is a member of the Iceland Drilling team in business development, sales and marketing. Her key tasks has been participating in tenders and negotiations for drilling projects worldwide. Hildur has been a part of Iceland drilling company for more than 10 years where she has been involved with projects domestically and internationally. She has experience as a board member and is the chairman of the board of Ræktunarsamband Flóa og Skeiða, a domestic drilling company. Hildur graduated with a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration from Reykjavik University in 2008.
Inga Dóra Hrólfsdóttir
Inga Dóra Hrólfsdóttir is the Managing Director of Veitur, the largest utility company in Iceland. Veitur is a subsidiary of Orkuveita Reykjavíkur (OR, Reykjavík Energy) and distributes electricity, hot and cold water, and operates sewerages. Veitur serves about three-quarters of the Icelandic population and appeared under its own brand in late 2015. Inga Dóra holds a master’s degree in civil engineering and started working for Reykjavik District Heating, OR‘s predecessor, in 1996. Before taking on the managing role for the utilities, Inga Dóra led departments within OR regarding GIS systems, construction and technologies.
Ingi Ingason is a project Director at EFLA Consulting Engineers since 2008. Ingason holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and is a certified securities broker. Ingason has been engaged in geothermal projects in various parts of the world performing due diligence for geothermal projects at different development stages. Ingason has been involved in viability evaluations and project management for geothermal projects in Turkey, Indonesia, USA, Iceland, Croatia and Kenya. Prior to joining EFLA Ingason was for over 10 years the Managing Director of the Invest in Iceland agency on behalf of the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Trade Council of Iceland.
John Farison is the Director of Process Engineering for Calpine Corporation at the Geysers Geothermal Field in northern California. He has over 35 years of experience in geothermal energy including roles as steam field engineer, project engineer, engineering manager and powerplant manager. John has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University.
Joseph Bonafin holds a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering, with specialization in power generation systems. His background with ORC technology started with a project of a heat recovery system integration at Wartsila. In 2009 joined Turboden. Today, having achieved 7 years of geothermal business experience and successful sales campaigns, he coordinates the application as sales leader and business development manager. Thanks to the partnership with Mitsubishi group – world geothermal leader - Joseph looks with great optimism to the future of Turboden’s integrated solutions. He promoted the development of the large size geothermal turbines. Currently lives in Turkey to coordinate the expansion of the new born Turkish subsidiary.
Currently President and CEO of GreenFire Energy, Mr. Scherer has 30 years of experience as group leader and C-level financing advisor to innumerable startup, emerging and mature high tech businesses and financing sources in sophisticated corporate and infrastructure project financings, including project financings for wind, solar, biogas, hydro, algae and geothermal projects. Education: J.D. – School of Law, University of California at Los Angeles, 1982; M.B.A. – Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California at Los Angeles, 1982; B.A. (Economics) – University of California at Davis, 1977
Jóna Bjarnadóttir holds an MSc in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University (2002) and BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Iceland (1999). Jóna joined Landsvirkjun – The National Power Company of Iceland 2014 but before that she was working as a consultant. Jóna has been involved in environmental impact assessment and stakeholder engagement for various projects mainly for geothermal and now also wind energy.
Julian is a senior consultant in Jacobs’ broader Global Geothermal Group (recently transferred to the Renewables team in Jacobs Consultancy, London office), which comprises a team of geothermal scientists, drilling engineers and reservoir engineers across both Northern and Southern Hemispheres. He has 10 years’ consultancy experience (6 years in geothermal) with fields of competence that include reservoir modelling, well testing, resource assessment, and hydrogeology. Countries of work experience include Nicaragua, Guatemala, Indonesia, New Zealand, U.S.A., Papua New Guinea and the Caribbean. Julian has contributed to the University of Auckland’s Certificate in Geothermal Energy Technology course and presented at geothermal conferences in the U.S.A and New Zealand.
Kristín Vala Matthíasdóttir
Kristín Vala Matthíasdóttir is a Vice-President of Resource Park at HS Orka, the third largest power company in Iceland. She is also the chairman of the Iceland Geothermal Association. She has a M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Lund, Sweden, and B.Sc degree in the Chemical Engineering from University of Iceland. She has wide experience within the geothermal industry. Prior joining HS Orka, Kristín Vala worked for Magma Energy Iceland, Geysir Green Energy and Enex.
Lauren W.E. Boyd
Lauren W. Boyd is the Program Manager of the Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) program at the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. In this role, Lauren oversees all activities related to EGS, including strategic planning, budget formulation, and project execution of a broad RD&D portfolio. This portfolio includes EGS demonstration projects, research and development projects, and new technology initiatives, such as the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), which focuses on EGS validation, optimization and replicability at scale. Prior to joining DOE, Lauren worked in geologic consulting and with the Earth and Planetary Sciences division of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Margrét Ormslev Ásgeirsdóttir
Margrét has an education in engineering, economics, and renewable energy systems and policy. She started her professional career at VGK consulting engineers (now Mannvit) in geothermal division in 2004. In 2007, she joined a Renewable energy group in corporate finance at Landsbankinn and later worked on corporate restructuring. In 2011 took on the task within Landsbankinn of supporting startups. In 2015, she took on the position as Finance Manager at Carbon Recycling International, which produces sustainable fuel and exports its environmental technology, and is part of the Geothermal Resource Park at Svartsengi.
Maria Erla Marelsdottir
Ambassador María Erla Marelsdottir was appointed Director General for International Development Cooperation of the Directorate for International Development Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Jan 2012 and ambassador in Dec. 2011. She is the ambassador of Iceland to Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Palestine and Uganda. Prior to her appointment she was Chairperson of the Negotiating Team for External Trade, Foreign and Security Affairs in Iceland’s Accession Negotiations with the EU 2009 - 2013, served as Director of the Department of International Trade Negotiations at the Directorate General of External Trade and Economic Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs 2009-11 and as Counsellor at the Directorate 2007-09. Other positions she has held include: Counsellor and First Secretary at the Embassy of Iceland in Stockholm 2001-05 and the Embassy of Iceland in Bonn and Berlin 1998-2001, and First Secretary at the External Trade Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs 97-98.
Ms Marie Donnelly currently works with the European Commission in the Directorate General for Energy as Director for Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency. Previously, Ms. Donnelly worked with the European Commission in the Employment and Social Affairs Directorate General as Director for Resources and Communication and in the Directorate General for Enterprise in the area of Industrial policy in Pharmaceuticals - Human and veterinary medicinal products. She also served as Head of unit for European Social Fund Policy, Coordination in the EQUAL Community Initiative, and was Head of the unit Equality for women and men. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Donnelly worked as Industry Group Director with the Federation of Irish Chemical Industries in Dublin, Ireland.
Marietta Sander is the Executive Director of the International Geothermal Association. She is responsible for sector-specific advisory on geothermal energy, the promotion of geothermal energy and the management of the IGA Secretariat in Bochum. Prior to her work for the IGA Sander managed a German-funded technical assistance project with a focus on promoting the use of geothermal energy in countries along the East African rift system, by advising government representatives and practitioners, collaborated with other development partners and lead the initiative on behalf of the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR). She is a certified Project Manager Renewable Energies and has extensive work experience in East and southern Africa, Latin America and South-East Asia. Through her previous work in international development cooperation she has experience in advising decision-makers, government representatives, practitioners, scientists and industry representatives.
Óskar Pétur Einarsson
Óskar P. Einarsson, Mechanical Engineer, is a geothermal expert with 17 years of experience as mechanical engineer. He has in-depth experience in preparation of feasibility studies, process design, preliminary and detailed design, design review, technical due diligence, technical assistance during procurement, technical reviews and tender evaluation, as well as support to the operators for the operation of district heating systems and industrial cooling systems. Óskar P. Einarsson is used to working in international context and has worked as a geothermal expert on projects in Eastern Europe, Turkey, Belgium, Germany, China, Georgia and India. He has also acted as a student supervisor at the United Nations University geothermal training programme.
Patrick Dobson is a geological staff scientist and the program lead for the geothermal program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), in Berkeley, CA, USA. He received his MS and PhD in geology from Stanford University, followed by postdoctoral stints at Caltech and UC Santa Barbara. He worked for Unocal Corporation for ten years in their research laboratory and as a geologist in their geothermal division, participating in geothermal exploration projects in the US, Indonesia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Chile. Dr. Dobson joined LBNL in 2000, where he currently works on a variety of geologic and geochemical research projects associated with geothermal energy, nuclear waste, and oil and gas resources. He was a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the Universidad de Chile in 2012, and was awarded a Geothermal Special Achievement Award by the Geothermal Resources Council at its annual meeting in 2012.
Paul Serbanescu is Head of the International Programmes Development Unit and Head of the Programmes Strategies Division, within the Environment Fund Administration. He is responsible for financing environment programmes such as renewable energy production and waste management. He coordinates the Renewable Energy Programme (Rondine) within the EEA Grants. He holds a Master of Science degree in Major Programme Management from the University of Oxford, and an MBA from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest / the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Philippe Dumas, first worked in a European engineering company as representative in Brussels for EU affairs (2000-2007). Firstly involved in geothermal energy with EGEC, starting as project manager for European projects. Author and co-author of several publications; frequent contributor to conferences, workshops and seminars; teacher at university of Marseille on European lobbying; active in a number of EU-funded research and promotion projects from 2000 until today.Since September 2008, He’s the EGEC Secretary general in Brussels managing the association.
Prof. Beata Kepinska
Professor Beata Kepinska is Dr.Sc. in applied geology/geothermics, professor at the Mineral & Energy Economy Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, academic lecturer. Chairperson of the Polish Geothermal Society, IGA BoD member. UNU GTP graduate (1994) and visiting lecturer (2003). Broad experience in geothermal energy research, various aspects of its exploitation and management (including the first geothermal heating plant in Poland). Author and co-author of over 150 publications. Involved in promotion and activities oriented for wider geothermal uses in Poland.
Prof. Cornel Antal
Cornel Antal is a professor at University of Oradea, Romania and Head of the Geothermal Research Center from the University of Oradea, teaching Thermotechnics for students in engineering, Research activity in geothermal utilization. He has been in UNU-Geothermal Training Programme fellow in 1995, six month course in geothermal utilization.
Ragna Árnadóttir joined Landsvirkjun, Renewable Energy Company, in 2010. First as Executive Vice President and from 2012 as Deputy CEO of Landsvirkjun. Her previous positions include serving as the Minister of Justice from 2009-2010. She was the Director of Legal Affairs in the Ministry of Justice (2002-2008). Ragna held the position Senior Adviser for the Nordic Council´s Secretariat, Stockholm/Copenhagen (1995 – 1999) and worked as a legal expert for the Parliament of Iceland (1991-1995). Ragna is currently the chairman of the Icelandic Growth Forum as well as a board member of Saga Film ehf. She holds a Master of European Affairs LL.M from the University of Lund in Sweden (2002) and completed her Cand. Jur law degree from the University of Iceland (1991).
Reynir Jóhannsson is the chief financial officer for HS Orka. Reynir joined HS Orka in the year 2012. He has over 20 years of experience, including financing and restructuring.
Sigurður H Markússon
For the past five years Sigurður has been involved in innovation projects related to geothermal development, ranging from utilization of geothermal gases to the development of near magma geothermal reservoirs. Sigurdur holds a M.Sc. degree in Geochemistry for University of Iceland.
Sigurður Ingi Friðleifsson
Sigurður Ingi Friðleifsson holds an MSc in International Environmental Science from Lund University (2004), BSc in biology from University of Iceland (1997) and a teacher degree from University of Iceland (1999). Sigurður has been the manager of the Energy Agency in Iceland (Orkusetur) the past ten years. Before that he worked as a teacher in primary and secondary school, an expert in a Genetic company and a manager at IKF small software company.
Mr Addison holds a BSc and MSc in Chemistry from Waikato University, New Zealand. Since 2010 he has worked for Mighty River Power as a geochemist focussing on both geothermal reservoir chemistry across all operated geothermal reservoirs and process chemistry at a time of significant geothermal expansion within New Zealand. Prior to this he was at the coal and gas Huntly Power Station focussing on cycle chemistry with a particular focus on corrosion mitigation and steam purity understanding.
Souheil Saadi is Business Development Manager at Haldor Topsoe A/S where he works with new sulfur recovery technologies, incl. sulfur free CO2 production and lean gas conditioning. Souheil has been with Topsoe for 5 years in two different periods. He holds a PhD from TU of Denmark and has published 8 papers and two patent applications. He is outdoor enthusiast and enjoys outdoor activities with his family.
• Education: Graduated with Bachelor degree in Biology from the University of Iceland in June 2013. Started in masters program in aquatic biology at the Hólar University in autumn 2013 but did not graduate. Currently working on master thesis in strategic administration in the University of Iceland, graduation scheduled in June 2016. • Relevant working career : Two summer internship at the Icelandic marine research institute (2012, 2013). Quality manager at Stolt Sea Farm Iceland Hf since July 2015.
Stella Marta Jónsdóttir
Stella Marta Jónsdóttir holds a Ph.D. in engineering from the Technical University in Denmark (DTU). She joined Landsvirkjun in 2011, first in sales and business development and from 2012 as director of a project management office. Since 2013 Stella is a board member of Orkufjarskipti, which is a telecommunication company owned by Landsvirkjun and Landsnet. Before that, Stella was the managing director of the coffee roaster and retail company Kaffitár in 2006 to 2011.
Sunna Björg Reynisdóttir
Ms. Sunna Björg Reynisdóttir is a project manager at the geothermal division at EFLA consulting engineers. Her key tasks have been business development and project management. She oversees new business opportunities and tenders related to renewable energy, geothermal power and direct geothermal utilization. As well as focusing on development of projects, planning and project team management. Since joining EFLA in 2012 Sunna has been actively working on international geothermal projects, primarily in Kenya and Turkey. Prior joining EFLA she worked on research in the field of mechanical engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and as Assistant Teacher at the University of Iceland. Sunna sat as a board member in the Project Management Association of Iceland and was chairman of IPMA Young Crew Iceland. Sunna holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iceland.
An expert in geothermal utilization and project management, Ms. Sun is the Chief Technology Officer of Arctic Green Energy’s China operations and Sinopec Green Energy Geothermal. She obtained her M.S. degree from the University of Iceland and is an alumni of the UN geothermal training program. Prior to joining Arctic Green, she was Deputy Manager of Research and Development for the Beijing Institute of Geo-Exploration and Technology. She is an expert in geothermal district heating and has directed the design of geothermal district heating systems and systems based on ground source heat pumps, evaluated project feasibility, conducted economic analysis and designed different applications of HVAC systems.
Sæunn Halldórsdóttir is Head of Geosciences at Iceland GeoSurvey (ÍSOR). She is a reservoir physicist/engineer by profession and has almost 10 years’ experience from the geothermal sector. Her main projects involve conceptual model development, capacity building and training of geothermal specialists, numerical model development incl. TOUGH2/iTOUGH2 and volumetric assessment of geothermal reservoirs. From 2014 she has been a member of the Studies Board of the United Nations University Geothermal Training Programme (UNU-GTP) in Reykjavík and is responsible for Reservoir Engineering. Countries of work experience incl. The Philippines, Kenya, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Turkey and Portugal. Sæunn earned a Master’s degree in Geophysics from the University of Iceland in 2006 and has since worked at the Icelandic Met Office and ÍSOR. She lives in an old harbour town close to Reykjavík with her partner and three children.
Vigfús Arnar Jósepsson
Vigfús Arnar Jósefsson is a mechanical engineer in the Energy division at Verkís. He has five years of experience as a consultant in geothermal projects both abroad and in Iceland, mostly focusing on process design and control systems. More recently, he has focused on hydrodynamical design both in geothermal energy and hydropower. He has been a lecturer at the University of Iceland, both in thermo-fluid sciences and geothermal energy courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iceland and a joint M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the University of Iceland. He also holds a Research Master postgraduate diploma in Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics from the von Karman Institute in Brussels.
Yngvi Guðmundsson is a project manager in Geothermal Energy in the Energy division of Verkís Consulting Engineers. He has been involved in Geothermal Projects in Iceland, Kenya, Indonesia and South America. His main focus is on project Management, cost estimation, process design and project planning and development. He received M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stellenbosch University in South Africa in 2011 and B.Sc. degree in Mechanical engineering from the University of Iceland in 2008. Before working for Verkis, he worked for an Icelandic Prime Contractor in the construction of the Harpa Concert Center. He is also a part time lecturer in the post-graduate program at the University of Iceland and in the United Nations Universtity Geothermal Training Program.
Mr Zoltán Salánki, M.Sc. geologist, MBA, South Hungarian Enhanced Geothermal System Demonstration Project - project manager, male Mr Zoltán Salánki has more than 15 years of project management and EHS professional experience gathered in international work environment both in consulting and industry. His assignments involved working in environmental consulting projects in various countries and professional fields including environmental due diligence assessments and compliance auditing, environmental management systems environmental permitting, soil and groundwater protection, remediation, risk and liability assessments, carbon-dioxide emission as well as renewable energy utilization related projects. In addition, he has considerable experience in verification services and corporate and site environmental governance and planning. He is a certified ISO 14001 lead auditor. He joined EU-FIRE in 2013.