Panel Discussion - Day 2


Buying and Selling Energy Grids

Speakers (in the alphabetical order)

    Tobias Gwisdalla                 
Steag GmbH
Essen, Germany
Tobias Gwisdalla has more than 12 years of M&A experience. He worked as a transaction consultant as well as for corporate M&A teams in the chemical, the building and infrastructure as well as the energy industry. Since 2016 he is part of the corporate development team of STEAG GmbH and was i.a. responsible for the sale of a 49% stake of the company’s district heating business to a financial investor in 2017.


   Ramazan Korkmaz             
Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Ministry of Environment and Energy
Hamburg, Germany
Ramazan Korkmaz is a Policy Officer for Energy and General Affairs in the Department of Nature Conservation, Green Spaces and Energy of the Ministry of Environment and Energy of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Since 2009, he has been responsible for general affairs in the area of energy policy and the energy sector and has been accompanying the remunicipalisation activities of the City of Hamburg. In addition, he contributes to the strategic development of the municipal energy companies and works on energy related regulatory topics, general affairs regarding the energy transition in Hamburg and political projects.


   Dr. Jens Libbe                    
German Institute of Urban Affairs
Berlin, Germany
Dr. Jens Libbe is Head of the Department for “Infrastructure, Economy and Finances” at the German Institute of Urban Affairs. His work focuses on Urban transformation an Infrastructure Systems, Services of General Interest, Institutional Change of Public Services and Governance of Public Utilities, Accompanying Research and Evaluation. Jens Libbe has a long standing experience with transdisciplinary research projects together with national and international partners. He is a member of the German Academy of Urban Development and Land use Planning.


   Lavinia Steinfort                
Transnational Institute
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Lavinia Steinfort is a researcher at the Transnational Institute (TNI), an Amsterdam-based international research and advocacy institute. At TNI she focuses on systemic alternatives, such as energy democracy, (re)municipalisation of public services and the potential of public finance.


   Maria Grajcar             
HafenCity University
Hamburg, Germany
Maria Grajcar is a researcher and a lecturer at the HafenCity University since 2017. She graduated in diplomacy and IR, Middle East Energy Studies, and in Gas and District Heating Engineering. During her eight-year working experience, she gave lectures on energy statistics and policy issues (district heating and cooling) in more than 18 countries in Europe and in South Korea. Maria Grajcar is a member of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society.


  Alessandro Provaggi       
DHC+ Technology Platform / Euroheat & Power
Brüssels, Belgium
Alessandro Provaggi leads the DHC+ Technology Platform - the European hub for R&D in District Heating and Cooling – at Euroheat & Power. Alessandro has more than 10 years of experience in EU policy, project management and communications, mostly in energy. Before joining Euroheat & Power, he worked for EUREC as the Coordinator of the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling, and previously for the European Commission (EuropeAid) and the European Parliament. He is a former Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and he studied at Bologna University, Madrid Complutense, Solvay Brussels School and Boston University.