Blockchain and sustainable energy in development and cooperation (Webinar) - 16.10.2018

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The webinar will showcase the use of blockchain technologies in development and cooperation projects with a focus on sustainable energy (SDG#7). Speakers will present how alternative finance can leverage public-private partnerships on renewable energy projects in Moldova, how a community is empowered through peer-to-peer energy trading in Thailand, and how blockchain-based applications can bring societal benefits and support the achievement of SDG#7.

Panelists

Short Bio:
Aristeidis Tsakiris is a Mechanical Engineer with a MSc in Sustainable Energy from DTU (Technical University of Denmark). Aristeidis started his career at a small consultancy company focused on energy efficient projects in the Balkans and Baltic areas. Now he is working as a Programme Officer at Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2) trying to accelerate energy efficiency policies to emerging and developing economies. His main areas of expertise are: Energy savings in the building sector, Energy Efficiency in the transport sector, Development of Energy Efficiency Knowledge Management Systems.
Acting Head of Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency
Short Bio:
Gabriela Prata Dias is Acting Head of the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (UNEP DTU Partnership). Previously she was at ADENE, the Portuguese National Energy Agency, where she was Coordinating Director (CEO) with responsibility for implementation of energy efficiency policies in Portugal. She has MSc qualifications in Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy, coupled with a very broad and long experience in energy efficiency, including with the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels, in private business and as a researcher.
Short Bio:
Viktor Peter works as a Senior Blockchain Governance Expert at the GIZ Blockchain Lab. Among other topics, he is specialized in supply chain traceability as well as the energy sector and the challenges DLT are facing within these systems. Before joining the GIZ, he has been working as an unit manager digitization in the energy sector for several years.
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James brings an in-depth knowledge of the role technological disruption plays in environmental conservation. James’ first contribution to the conservation sector, was contributing to the designing and building a zero-carbon smelting process called HISmelt used and implemented by Rio Tinto. He also worked as Lead Researcher in the Australian Senate at the Office of Senator Scott Ludlam, authoring a series of reports on the renewable energy transition. At Power Ledger, James works on project development of blockchain applications for renewable electricity trading, asset management, carbon credits and distribution market optimization. James' ongoing research at Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute is focused on technological disruption within smart cities and the underpinning utility sectors. At the both the Australian Conservation Foundation and Conservation Council of Western Australia James brings to the board expertise in strategic planning for smart cities and infrastructure, shaping Australian Government Policy. Ultimately, he works to influence policy makers to empower Australians to act locally by thinking globally.
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Policy Specialist/Innovation lead for UNDP Moldova; coordinating innovation work in three areas: public sector innovation, engagement with private sector for SDGs, and urban sustainable development. Leading experimentation work around sustainable cities, use of innovative approaches to promote more solar energy production.
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François graduated with a Masters in Finance (hons) from ICHEC Brussels Management School and is an expert in Solar Energy Business Development, having co-founded Belgium’s N°1 award-winning solar installer SunSwitch SA in 2007. François currently works as a solar consultant on projects in developing nations, advising towards several solar fields. François also advises Solcrypto and any Affiliates to the SolarCoin Foundation on Business Development with the SolarCoin Digital Asset and developing Blockchain tools to initiate the Clean Energy Transition at a Global Scale.

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