Julije DOMAC
President of FEDARENE
Managing Director of REGEA – North West Croatia Regional Energy Agency  (HR)

Dr Julije Domac is a recognised international expert with 18 years of experience and more than 60 scientific and professional papers in field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. He works as Managing Director of the North-West Croatia Energy Agency and in the past he acted as the national biomass programme coordinator in Croatia, project leader for UNIDO, lead expert for the World Bank, project director for FAO, expert evaluator for the European Commission (IEE and 6th Framework) and Task Manager for the International Energy Agency (IEA). Julije is President of FEDARENE since 2013.

Non-executive Director at Tipperary Energy Agency (IE)

Currently, Marie is Chairperson of Renewable Energy Ireland. Previously she was Director for Renewables, Energy Efficiency and Innovation, at DG Energy, European Commission. She is also a non-executive director of Tipperary Energy Agency; and E3G. As European Advisory Board Member of the Hawthorn Club, the only International Network for professional women in the energy industry, Marie advances the appointment of women to senior positions and mainstreams gender equality, with the emphasis that equality is for both women and men.

Christiane EGGER
FEDARENE Vice-President for Energy Efficiency
Deputy Manager, OÖ Energiesparverband (AT)

Christiane Egger is Deputy Manager of OÖ Energiesparverband, the energy agency of Upper Austria, and the manager of the Ökoenergie-Cluster, a network of 160 companies active in renewable energy and energy efficiency. She is also the Vice-President of FEDARENE. She is the conference director of the World Sustainable Energy Days, one of the largest annual conferences in Europe on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Christiane is an expert in energy efficiency in buildings, in solar and biomass heating and in dissemination and promotion of sustainable energy production and use. She holds a law degree and a post-graduate degree in environmental engineering. Discover Christiane Egger’s interview

José Ignacio HORMAECHE
General Manager of the Basque Energy Cluster (ES)

Jose I. Hormaeche is the General Manager of the Basque Energy Cluster (Asociación Cluster de Energía , ACE) since March 2013. ACE includes more than 150 member companies in the energy supply chain: energy operators, component and equipment manufacturers, service companies, research entities and public administration. From 2006 to 2013 Mr. Hormaeche was Managing Director of the Basque Energy Agency (EVE), a public entity belonging and reporting to the Department of Industry and Innovation of the Basque Government. From 1998 to 2006 he worked for GAMESA Group, undertaking different responsibilities such as Chief Operating Officer of Gamesa Eólica, one of the leading companies in Wind turbine design and manufacturing.

Vice-President for Financing and Investments
CEO of the Energy Agency of Podravje (SI)

Vlasta Krmelj has diploma and Ph.D. degree in chemical technology. She is the director of regional Energy agency for Podravje in Maribor in Slovenia. She has over 15 years of experience in environmental technologies, sustainable development, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, professional expertise in energy management and EU projects. She was project leader in more than 20 international projects. She is an expert for strategical planning and financing of energy related projects. She is also lecturer at Maribor high school. Since December 2018, she is also a Lady Mayor of small Slovene municipality Selnica ob Dravi. Discover Vlasta Krmelj’s interview

FEDARENE Vice-President for Citizen Energy Communities
CEO of Severn Wye Energy Agency (UK)

Simone Lowthe-Thomas  has been working for Severn Wye for 8 years, and was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer. With over 25 years experience working in the fields of Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development, Simone has supported people, communities, organisations and the public-sector to find sustainable solutions for energy use and community regeneration work. She is a founding member of Community Energy Wales and sits on Welsh Government Advisory Groups for Climate Change, Landscape Management and Community & People. Discover Simone Lowthe-Thomas’ interview

Member of the European Parliament – Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (DE)

Jutta Paulus is a newly elected Member of the European Parliament for the Greens since 2019. In Germany, she is a delegate for the federal working group on energy of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, and she is spokesperson of their Executive Regional Council for Rheinland-Pfalz since May 2017. She started her career as a pharmacist, co-founded an independent laboratory for the examination of chemical hazards, and worked in quality management.

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