SP2020: Keynote Speakers

Christophe Ménézo

Deputy head of Solar Academy Graduate School - Host of SP2020

Short Bio: Pr. Ménézo is Deputy Vice Chancellor of University Savoie Mont Blanc in Charge of Real Estate and Energy Transition. He is Director of the CNRS Research Federation on Solar Energy (FédESol) and in charge of the Green/smart building topic in the French/Singaporean Network on Renewable Energy (SINERGIE). He has been Head of Research Chair “Habitats and Energy Innovations”, INSA of Lyon/Electricity of France from January 2011 to decembre 2015. Previously he has been Associate Professor at the University Lyon1/IUT and researcher on solar systems for 15 years at the Thermal Centre of Lyon (CETHIL-Univ. Lyon1/CNRS). In 2005 he became the coordinator of the Solar systems Team. His current research is led at the National Institute of Solar Institute (INES), LOCIE lab and focuses on building integration of solar components (especially on photovoltaic and hybrid photovoltaic/thermal components), redefinition of building envelopes conventionally concerned with insulation and sealing in order to include dynamic and active features (energy collect and conversion, ventilated solar envelope) and more recently on solar energy power generation potential at city scale (solar cadastre) especially on Great Geneva territory.

Max Schulze

Chairman of the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance e.V.

Teaser: As the 4th industrial revolution – digitalization – is accelerating, we face a once in a decade opportunity. For the first time we can decouple economic growth from resource consumption. The digital economy can be the first one that creates economic value without consuming exponentially more minerals, more energy, and other planetary resources. This keynote will introduce the various opportunities from heating districts and greenhouses with data centers, to using digital infrastructure as energy-flexibility systems and how the emerging European computing infrastructure will look like. We will demonstrate that the digital economy creates a viable & needed opportunity for sustainable digital infrastructure.

Short Bio: Max Schulze is a serial entrepreneur and investor in the digital technology sector. He has been an advocate for creating affordable & sustainable digital infrastructure for Europe to empower innovators that solve the world’s most complex challenges. As the Chairman of the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance e.V. he has made it his mission to bring together companies across all sectors to realize his goal of net-positive digital infrastructure for Europe.

Margot Pinault

Policy Officer, European Commission, Directorate General for Energy

Unit C.3- Energy Efficiency Policy and Financing

Teaser: Margot will outline the European funding landscape in the years 2021-2027 including the ‘Clean Energy Transition’ sub-programme in LIFE, the ‘Climate, Energy and Mobility’ cluster in Horizon Europe with the specific focus on the co-programmed R&I partnership on “People-centric sustainable built environment”.
Margot will highlight where we are in the current process to defining funding activities and structures that will support delivering under the ambition of the European Green Deal specifically in the buildings sector.

Short Bio: Margot holds a Masters in Economics and a Masters in European and International Business Law. She has 7 years of experience in the private sector in France in the field of energy management systems for buildings. Margot now has 7 years of experience at the Commission, and is in charge of defining funding priorities for energy efficiency under Horizon 2020 and their continuation under LIFE and Horizon Europe.


Deputy Director, CEA Liten - Host of SP2020

Teaser : How research and innovation can support the transition towards a low-carbon and circular economy?
This talk will give an overview of key challenges for achieving climate neutrality by 2050 while ensuring the availability of material resources.

Short Bio: Simon is currently deputy director in charge of research funding programmes at Liten, an institute of CEA with about 1,000 staff focused on the development of innovative technologies for the energy transition. He is also vice chairman at EMIRI (Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative), a member of the executive board at EASE (European Association for Storage of Energy), and working group chair at BATTERIES EUROPE (European Technology and Innovation Platform on batteries). Simon is author or co-author of more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed international journals, and has filed more than 30 patents.


Director GBC Italia & Vice President, European Regional Network

Teaser : WorldGBC’s Regional Networks are powerful, collaborative platforms where Green Building Councils can effectively exchange knowledge, generate new ideas and design solutions that speed up green building across these regions, often through regional-specific projects.

Short Bio: Marco holds a degree in Mechanical Engineer, and a PhD in mechanics and he had been partner of an engineering company, Intertecnica, as technical director until 2016. In 2010, he established AmbienteParco: an edutainment science center dedicated to the environmental sustainability. Since 2014 he works as lecturer at the University of Brescia in Building Design Courses and MEP System Laboratory.In 2015, he became COO of the Green Building Council Italy and since 2018 he joined the Steering Committee of the European Regional Network of World GBC. In 2020 he received the role of deputy president of the Europe regional Network of World GBC.

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