European Energy Minister Oettinger to speak at Erasmus Energy Forum

European Energy Minister Oettinger to speak at Erasmus Energy Forum
European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger, who recently spoke of the need for a comprehensive strategy to strengthen the security of energy supplies, is to speak at the Erasmus Energy Forum in Rotterdam on Thursday, 19 June. The Commissioner will deliver his presentation to a diverse audience of leaders from business and industry, including policymakers and academics at the forum that addresses three themes: EU policies and markets; energy microgrids and new business models; and financing sustainable energy.

Günther Oettinger, who has been Member of the European Commission responsible for energy since February 2010, will make the first presentation at the Erasmus Energy Forum in Rotterdam’s waterfront Wereldmuseum on 19 June, organised by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). It presents a unique mix of ideas, new knowledge and networking opportunities, and there is still time to register in order to hear the Commissioner speak.

In a recent statement on energy security, Oettinger said: "We need to complete the internal energy market, improve our infrastructure, become more energy efficient and better exploit our own energy resources. Moreover, we need to accelerate the diversification of external energy suppliers, especially for gas. Only concrete actions will help."

Since its inception in 2012, the annual Erasmus Energy Forum event organised and hosted by the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business at RSM has grown in size and influence. The first two annual events, in 2012 and 2013, brought together representatives from a wide range of industries, academia and politics, in front of large influential audiences. The Forum features world-class thinkers, academics and leaders from a wide range of business and industry sectors – including transport, power producers, equities and unions – as well as leading academics addressing major themes from the perspectives of all stakeholders in front of an international audience.

Previous Erasmus Energy Forum events have been recognised for successfully bridging business, science and policy, and offering a unique environment for exchanging information, as well as valuable networking opportunities. This year for the first time, the Forum will take place over two days and features an impressive line-up of speakers for Business Day followed by an academic conference on Science Day, which includes the inaugural address of recently appointed Professor of Next Generation Information Systems at RSM, Dr Wolf Ketter.

Business Day
On Thursday, 19 June 2014 the Forum’s Business Day brings together leading energy practitioners, policy makers, and researchers from economics, computer science, behavioural science and management science to present and debate challenges to safeguarding energy provision in the future.

Science Day
On Friday 20 June, the Erasmus Energy Forum hosts Science Day with academic presentations during the Conference on Future Energy Business and Energy Informatics (FEB-EI 2014) at RSM’s Woudestein campus. The goal is to engage academic researchers in a dialogue that examines the future of energy business, especially in the context of how energy informatics can foster energy efficiency. The programme includes paper and poster presentations, as well as an academic panel.

Confirmed Speakers
Confirmed speakers for Business day include EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger, Allard Castelein, CEO of Port of Rotterdam Authority; Peter Smink, CEO of Nuon in the Netherlands; Hans ten Berge, Secretary General, Union of the Electricity Industry EURELECTRIC; Mel Kroon, CEO of power transmission firm TenneT; Prof. Marc Oliver Bettzüge, University of Cologne; Robbert-Jan Stegeman, CIO of Alliander in the Netherlands; Volker Beckers, expert in the integrated energy business;  Prof. Peter Birkner, Member Executive Board of Mainova in Germany; Prof. Derek Bunn, London Business School; Peter Atherton, equity researcher for utilities firm Liberum Capital UK; Guido Dubbeld, CFO of Eneco Holding NV; Prof. Wolf Ketter, RSM and Dr Ronald Huisman, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Moderator on Business Day, Thursday, 19 June is Victor Deconinck, former TV presenter, moderator and media trainer.

Jonathon Porritt, environmentalist and writer, and Manon Janssen, CEO of Ecofys and representative of Dutch Topsector Energie will speak during dinner on Thursday, 19 June.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is ranked amongst Europe’s top 10 business schools for education and among the top three for research. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam - a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has offices in the Amsterdam Zuidas business district and in Taipei, Taiwan. 

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