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Keynote Speakers at the Annual Conference

Dr. oec. publ. Rolf Iten

1979–1985 Master's Degree in Economics at the University of Zurich. In 1985 he was a member of the Canton of Aargau staff unit for economic issues. From 1985–1989 he worked as a teaching/research assistant at the Socioeconomic Institute of the University of Zurich, where he lectured and completed his PhD on «Economic valuation of environmental qualities». Upon receiving his Doctorate, Rolf Iten joined INFRAS in 1989. Since 1991 he has been a manager of national and international projects in the areas of energy, environment, and social- and economic policy. His projects have a special focus on economic analyses of regulatory policies, strategies and implementation measures in the fields of energy, climate and the environment. Rolf Iten has been a member of INFRAS management since 1998. Since 2001 he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Inrate Ltd., Fribourg.

Prof. Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool

Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool is Professor of Energy Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the School of Business, Management, and Economics, part of the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. There he serves as Director of the Sussex Energy Group and Director of the Center on Innovation and Energy Demand which involves the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester. Professor Sovacool works as a researcher and consultant on issues pertaining to energy policy, energy security, climate change mitigation, and climate change adaptation. More specifically, his research focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency, the politics of large-scale energy infrastructure, designing public policy to improve energy security and access to electricity, and building adaptive capacity to the consequences of climate change.

Prof. Dr. David Newbery

Professor David Newbery, CBE, FBA, is the Director of the Cambridge Energy Policy Research Group and Emeritus Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Econometric Society. He was President of the European Economic Association, 1996 and President of the International Association for Energy Economics, 2013. Educated at Cambridge with degrees in Mathematics and Economics, he has managed research projects on utility privatisation and regulation, road pricing, transition in central Europe, electricity restructuring and market design, transmission access pricing and has active research on market integration, transmission planning and finance, climate change policies, and the design of energy policy and energy taxation. Occasional economic advisor to Ofgem, Ofwat, and ORR, former member of the Competition Commission, chairman of the Dutch Electricity Market Surveillance Committee, and member of the Panel of Technical Experts offering quality assurance to DECC on the delivery of the UK’s Electricity Market, he is currently an independent member of the Single Electricity Market Committee of the island of Ireland, and a panel member of Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition. His books include Privatization, Restructuring and Regulation of Network Utilities, and with Joe Stiglitz, The Theory of Commodity Price Stabilization: A Study in the Economics of Risk.

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