Dr Bernd Wenzel
Head of the Competence Center Climate Protection in Energy-Intensive Industries (KEI)
Dr. Bernd Wenzel has been working in the energy industry for 25 years - especially in climate protection as well as the integration of renewable energies into the energy supply system. After professional stations in research, project management as well as corporate and political consulting, he has been responsible for setting up the Competence Centre on climate change mitigation in energy-intensive industries in Cottbus since May 2019.
Dr Chris Tuppen
Founder of Advancing Sustainability, Ltd.
Chris Tuppen has been involved in sustainability for over twenty years. He is Visiting Professor of Smart Technologies at University Campus Suffolk. He has served on the boards of CSR Europe and BSR (Business for Social Responsibility). He co-chaired the Global Reporting Initiative’s G2 measurement working group and chaired the Global e- Sustainability Initiative and the European Telecommunication Network Operators Association’s environmental working group. He was initiator and co-editor of the report SMART 2020 – Enabling the Low Carbon Economy in the Information Age.
He is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability project, and a member of the BBC Sustainability Advisory Group and the Science Based Targets Initiative’s Technical Advisory Group.
Dr Akira Yabe
Fellow, Energy System & Hydrogen Unit, Technology Strategy Center (TSC), NEDO
Before entering NEDO as a Director General of Technology Strategy Center for Energy System & Hydrogen Units in April 2015, Mr. Yabe had been a Vice-President of AIST for 7 years as a Director General for Environment and Energy Research Fields. He completed his PhD in Mechanical Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology at 1979 and joined the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory (MEL) of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). He served as a Head of Fluid Engineering and Quantum Engineering Research Lab and Research Planning Office for MEL. He became a Director for Advanced Manufacturing Research Center on Micro and Nano Scale Science and Engineering, AIST on 2001, Director of AIST Chugoku Regional Research Center and Director of Research Collaboration Promotion Department.
Mr. Yabe was concurrently a Professor of Institute of Engineering Mechanics and Systems, University of Tsukuba (1992-2010), Adjunctive Professor of Science University of Tokyo (1995-2009), Russell Severance Springer Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley (2001), Professor (Cooperative Chair) of Tokyo Institute of Technology (2005-2013), Adjunctive Professor of Kanazawa Institute of Technology (1997-2013). He also served as the President of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) (2013-2014).
He published the “Comprehensive R&D Principle for Sustainable Society (The NEDO’s Principle)” with the member of Technology Strategy Center of NEDO in February 2020 where the importance of “Circular Economy”, “Bio-economy” and “Sustainable Energy” would be stressed to realize the sustainable society.
Prof Dr Uwe Riedel
Head of the Institute for Low CO2 Industrial Processes of the German Aerospace Center, DLR
Uwe Riedel is the acting director of the DLR-Institute of Low-Carbon Industrial Processes in Cottbus and Zittau founded in 2019. In this role he is responsible for the scientific set-up. The focus is on the specific requirements and research needs for the decarbonization of energy-intensive industrial sectors (power plants, steel production, cement industry, petrochemical industry, chemical industry, ...).
As a professor in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Stuttgart, his field of work is the physicochemical properties of conventional and synthetic fuels with a focus on aviation fuels. From 2015 to 2019, he was the project leader of the two DLR cross-sectional projects "Future Fuels", which conduct cross-sectoral research on future fuels in energy, transport, aviation and space.
Uwe Riedel holds a doctorate in physics and a habilitation in physical chemistry from the University of Heidelberg.
Dr-Ing Peter Juchmann
Operations Director Bandgießen/Warmwalzen, Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH
Dr. Ing. Peter Juchmann completed his PhD in 1988 at the Institute of Materials Science at Hanover University. He joined Salzgitter AG Corporate Planning Div. in 1998 and became Managing Director of Salzgitter Magnesium-Technologie GmbH, a subsidiary of Salzgitter AG for Magnesium Flat-Rolled products, in 2001. Since 2011, he is Head of Belt-Casting /Hot Rolling at Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH, and since 2020 part of the SALCOS Management team (Salzgitter Low CO2 Steelmaking) of Salzgitter AG.
Mr Matthias Schritgen
Industrial Engineering, Fahrzeugwerk Bernard Krone GmbH & Co. KG
Mathias Schrigten is a trained industrial mechanic, studied mechanical engineering, and completed an MBA while working. Since 2016, he has been working at Fahrzeugwerk Krone in Werlte as a project engineer in the Industrial Engineering department. The focus of his work is on the central planning and supervision of investment projects, including the investment in the new surface center. He is 36 years old, married, and lives together with his wife and 2 children in Wietmarschen.
Dr Toshihiro Wakabayashi
General Manager, Environment and Energy Management Development Dept., Toyo Engineering Corporation
After joining Toyo Engineering in 1994, Mr. Wakabayashi has worked mainly as process engineer and has dedicated to work for distillation technologies as technical expert covering a conceptual design to an operation in numerous projects such as refinery process, petrochemical process, etc. His R& D efforts for novel energy saving technology won him several awards from the government, academia and industry. He got his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Kyoto University in 2013. He was assigned as General Manager at the Environment and Energy management Development Department at Toyo Engineering in 2018.
Mr Tomohisa Takeuchi
Senior Engineer, Metals & Recycling Div., Recycling Technology Dept., JX Nippon Mining & Metals
Mr. Takeuchi joined JX Mining & Metals Co., Ltd. In 2003. Before being appointed as Senior Engineer at the Recycling Technology Department of Metals and Recycling Division at the Technology Group, Advanced Technology and Strategy Department, LiB Recycling Project Office, he held various positions at the Saganoseki Smelter and Refinery.
Dr Seiji Nomura
Fellow, Nippon Steel Corporation
Dr. Nomura has been dedicated to iron making research for over 30 years. He joined iron making research laboratory of Nippon Steel Corporation in 1989 and the Nagoya Works of Nippon Steel Corporation in 1995. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. in 1997. In 2012, he was assigned general manager at the iron making research laboratory of Nippon Steel Corporation. For his performance he was honored with international prizes for his outstanding contributions in the iron and steel sector. Since 2020 he is a Fellow at Nippon Steel Corporation.
Dr Andrea Herbst
Competence Center Energy Technology and Energy Systems, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI
Dr. Andrea Herbst is senior researcher at the Competence Centre Energy Technology and Energy Systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe. Her research focuses on the decarbonisation of energy-intensive industries, the assessment of circular economy for decarbonisation, and scenarios of industrial energy demand and CO2 emissions. Andrea Herbst currently coordinates a multi-disciplinary centre of expertise for the energy transition (EnTEC) funded by DG ENER as well as the analysis on industrial transformation in the German Copernicus project ARIADNE. She has further been involved in various national and European projects, e.g. to support the industrial in-depth analysis of the EU 2050 long-term strategy or to support the impact assessment of technological innovations in industry for the EC Innovation Fund.
Dr Lucas Witoslawski
Chief Operating Officer, Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammer (AHK Japan)
Dr. Lucas Witoslawski is Deputy Delegate of the German Commerce & Industry in Japan and Chief Operating Officer of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (AHK Japan) since 2016. He is mainly responsible for the service section DE International, which supports German business in starting or extending their business in Japan and facilitates the bilateral exchange between German and Japanese business in almost all industrial areas.
Before of his current position he was in charge for global business development of a major German technical service provider as well as head of digital transformation of a business stream for the same company. During his professional career, he facilitated the transfer of innovative products and services from Germany to Japan. He used to work and study for several years in Japan and Germany and has consultancy experience in both countries.
Dr. Lucas Witoslawski has studied business computing at the University of Paderborn in Germany with focus on international management, networking technologies and operations research. He holds also a PhD from Yokohama National University in Japan, where he specialized on the influence of human resource related difficulties of European businesses in Japan and the influence of motivational factors of local employees working for European businesses in Japan.