ENGAGER Energy Rights Forum 2021


These were our speakers

 (Speakers: These were our speakers)

Our selection of speakers aimed to reflect the diversity of stakeholders involved in addressing energy poverty and in debating and designing a right to energy.

  • Stefan Bouzarovski

    Topic 1
    Stefan Bouzarovski is professor of geography at Manchester University. His research and policy interests lie at the intersection of energy geographies, urban socio-spatial inequality, and sustainability science. He has undertaken extensive advocacy and policy-orientated work in collaboration with the World Bank, United Nations and European Union. He currently chairs the European Union Energy Poverty Observatory, as well as the ENGAGER COST Action.
  • Josep Babot Barbero

    Topic 4
    Josep Babot Barbero is a lawyer at Enginyeria Sense Fronteres (Engineering Without Borders) and a member of the Alliance against Energy Poverty (APE), a social movement based in Barcelona which is primarily composed by families who suffer energy poverty, advocates energy rights and struggles against big energy companies in Spain.
  • William Baker

    Topic 5
    William Baker is a UK representive for STEP, Solutions to Tackle Energy Poverty. He is an experienced energy specialist, with a long history of working in the energy (poverty) field in both voluntary and local government sectors, including recently as energy advice development lead at Citizens Advice.
  • Ricardo Barbosa

    Topic 5Moderator
    Ricardo Barbosa is a researcher at the Civil Engineering Department of University of Minho in Portugal. His research fields focus on the energy efficiency of the existing building stock, in particular regarding vulnerable contexts such as social housing, climate adaptation and sustainability. He is the Head for Innovation and Development for eco.lab, a consultancy working in sustainability and energy efficiency in the built environment and providing technical and policy support to local authorities.
  • Catherina Cader

    Topic 1
    Catherina Cader is an expert in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and rural electrification planning and has been working at Reiner Lemoine Institut since 2012. She is heading the Research Unit Off-Grid Systems. She is particularly interested in rural electrification planning in countries of the Global South with consideration of renewable energy.
  • Raúl Castaño

    Topic 4
    Raúl Castaño is a postdoctoral research at the University Carlos III of Madrid where he is working on the Energy Poverty Intelligence Unit (EPIU) project – an Urban Innovation Action that seeks to identify hidden energy poverty and establish innovative support mechanisms for vulnerable households in two neighbourhoods of the municipality of Getafe, Spain. He is also an affiliated research fellow at Tampere University where, among other activities, he is leading the Finnish Energy Observatory (FEnO).
  • Inés Cedrón

    Topic 4
    Laura Gil and Inés Cedrón are members of the Secretariado Gitano Foundation in La Cañada Real. They aim to promote social, educational and labour inclusion of the Roman population in la Cañada Real. In this framework, they collaborate with citizens, social actors, administrations on the definition of effective and fair solutions through community participation and engagement, towards the eradication of exclusion and vacant housing.
  • Aurélie Ciuti

    Topic 3
    Aurélie Ciuti is the director of RWADE, The Walloon Network for Sustainable Access to Energy where she is coordinating the political work of members regarding energy access.
  • Marine Cornelis

    Topic 2Moderator
    Marine Cornelis is the executive director and founder of Next Energy Consumer, a policy consultancy focusing on the social aspects of the energy and climate transitions, at EU and international levels.
  • Sarah Coupechoux

    Topic 3
    Sarah Coupechoux is Research officer at the Fondation Abbé Pierre dealing with issues related to housing access and supporting people's claims for their rights. She has been engaged in the fight against homelessness and the implementation of a right to housing for many years.
  • Audrey Dobbins

    Day 2
    Audrey Dobbins is a researcher at the Institute of Energy economics and Rational energy use (IER) at the University of Stuttgart. She has worked on energy poverty issues in the South African, German and European contexts. Her main research focuses on integrating interdisciplinary approaches in an energy system model with the aim of increasing the recognition for energy poverty within the context of the energy transition in Germany.
  • Laura Gil

    Topic 4
    Laura Gil and Inés Cedrón are members of the Secretariado Gitano Foundation in La Cañada Real. Laura Gil is a general coorinator and Inés Cedrón is a territorial coordinator at Social Inclusion Department. They aim to promote social, educational and labour inclusion of the Roman population in la Cañada Real. In this framework, they collaborate with citizens, social actors, administrations on the definition of effective and fair solutions through community participation and engagement, towards the eradication of exclusion and vacant housing.
  • Nadeem Goussous

    Topic 1
    Nadeem Goussous is Associate Professional at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Bonn, Germany. He holds a Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance from the European Institute - CIFE (based in France and Germany). Before joining IRENA, he was working in the clean energy field in Spain, Germany, UK and Jordan.
  • Carolina Gouveia

    Topic 5
    Carolina Gouveia is Legal Advisor at the Legal and Economic Studies Department of DECO, the Portuguese Association for Consumers Protection, and acts as a consumer's representative at the National Energy Regulator.
  • Katrin Grossmann

    Topic 1Moderator
    Katrin Grossmann is a professor in urban sociology at University of Applied Sciences Erfurt since 2014. In her research, she combines different aspects of justice at the intersections of critical urban studies, sociological theory and environmental topics such as energy poverty, energy policy and housing; social cohesion, migration and conflict; social inequality, residential segregation and neighbourhood change.
  • Rachel Guyet

    Topic 3Moderator
    Rachel Guyet is a political scientist, managing the Master in Global Energy Governance and Transition at Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE) in Nice, France. Her research fields focus on energy poverty and its links to the welfare state and governance.
  • Ruth London

    Topic 2
    Ruth London was a founding member of Fuel Poverty Action in 2011. She now co-ordinates FPA’s work, on areas from district heating issues to energy pricing. A grandmother, she has been active for five decades organising against poverty, war, discrimination and climate change, for example in Women Against Rape, the Global Women’s Strike, Climate Camp, Reclaim the Power, and Occupy London.
  • Marlies Hesselman

    Topic 2Moderator
    Marlies Hesselman is a lecturer in international law at the Department of Transboundary Legal Studies of the University of Groningen. She is a Co-lead for ENGAGER Working Group 3, and one of the co-authors for the COVID Energy Map.
  • Eric Houtman

    Topic 2
    Eric Houtman is the Belgian Energy Ombudsman since September 2009. Previously he worked for the Deputy Prime Minister and Budget Minister as the Adviser for fiscal affairs, budget, energy, environment and sustainable development; and as the Deputy Cabinet Director in the office of the Federal Minister for Climate and Energy.
  • George Jiglau

    Topic 3Moderator
    George Jiglau is a political scientist and researcher at Babes-Bolyai University and president of the Center for the Study of Democracy. With a background in comparative politics and research methodology, George aims to approach the topic of energy poverty from a comparative perspective with the goal of making meaningful contributions to policy-making processes addressing the phenomenon.
  • Sandra Matzinger

    Topic 5
    Sandra Matzinger is a consultant in the economic policy department of the Vienna Chamber of Labour with a focus on energy policy. She previously worked as a reseaercher at the Institute for Social Policy at the Vienna University of Economics and Business on issues of poverty and social exclusion, questions about the social investment state and the definition of energy poverty in Austria.
  • Joana Mundó Olivé

    Topic 2
    Joana Mundó works at Ecoserveis, a nonprofit organisation focused on developing innovative solutions to respond to emerging energy challenges, and pioneer in Spain in the fight for energy rights. Joana has participated in several processes of dialogue with local and regional authorities to progress on energy rights and in the design of public services to assist vulnerable families.
  • Martha Myers

    Topic 3
    Martha Myers is Energy Poverty campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe and has been advocating for a more socially and environmentally just world for many years.
  • Pablo Sanchez

    Topic 3
    Pablo Sanchez was the co-coordinator of the first European Citizens Initiative Right to water initiated by the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), where he works as campaigner.
  • Marilyn Smith

    Topic 1
    Marylin Smith is the Executive Director of EnAct, the Energy Action project that aims to raise awareness of energy’s vital role in economic and social development, and how personal energy choices ultimately affect the planet. She has 15+ years experience as a science journalist, editor and communications advisor.
  • Thomas Schellenberg

    Topic 4
    Thomas Schellenberg is an economist focused on the energy sector. He is working for the Consumer Association of North Rhine-Westphalia, which provides personal and individual advice services concerning food, energy, credit problems and much more. For the last 8 years the Association has run a project called "North Rhine-Wesphalia tackles energy poverty", offering legal and budget advisory services free of charge for people in energy poverty or suffering from energy cuts. He will give a short insight to their experiences with precarious situations.
  • Freek Spinnewijn

    Topic 4
    Freek Spinnewijn has been the director of FEANTSA since 2001. FEANTSA, the European Federation of National Organisations Working with Homeless, is the only major European network that focuses exclusively on homelessness at European level. Freek studied Medieval History and European Law and Policy at the University of Leuven (BE). Freek sits on the board of several European organizations such as the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN), and Social Services Europe. He is a member of the jury of the World Habitat Awards and of the Venture Philanthropy Fund of the King Baudouin Foundation.
  • Sergio Tirado Herrero

    Topic 4
    Sergio Tirado Herrero is a Research Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He currently holds a Principal Investigator position for the Horizon 2020 project ‘Empowering women to take action against energy poverty in the Mediterranean’ (EmpowerMed). Sergio co-leads the ENGAGER Working Group 3 and is part of the editorial team of the ENGAGER right to energy toolkit.
  • Vicky Tzega

    Topic 5
    Vicky Tzega is lawyer at Greek Consumer organization EKPIZO, where she advises on consumer protection cases and advocating on energy poverty related policies issues, best practices, consultations, national regulation and European Directive.
  • Anaïs Varó

    Topic 4Moderator
    Anaïs Varó is a Ph.D. candidate and lecturer in Political Science at the University of Girona. She is also a board member the UNESCO International Chair / Network for a Sustainable Human Development. Her research focuses on energy precarity, energy vulnerability, and energy poverty policies through an intersectionality lens.
  • Matt Vickers

    Topic 1
    Matt Vickers is Chief Executive and Chief Ombudsman at Ombudsman Services England, UK. Prior to joining Ombudsman Services in 2015, he was chief executive at the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC), and spent four years with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as British Consul, initially in the Canary Islands and then in Madrid. Before entering public service, Matthew’s background was in retail and FMCG.