Keynote Speaker

Ricardo Bessa, INESC TEC

Ricardo Bessa was born in 1983 in Viseu, received his Licenciado (five-year) degree from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal (FEUP) in 2006 in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 2008, he received the M.Sc. degree in Data Analysis and Decision Support Systems on the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto (FEP). He obtained his Ph.D. degree in the Doctoral Program in Sustainable Energy Systems (MIT Portugal) at FEUP in 2013. Currently, he is is Coordination of the Center for Power and Energy Systems at INESC TEC.

His research interests include renewable energy forecasting, electric vehicles, data mining and decision-making under risk. He worked in several international projects such as the European Projects FP6, FP7 SuSTAINABLE, FP7 EvolvDSO, Horizon 2020 UPGRID, Horizon 2020 InteGrid, H2020 Smart4RES and H2020 InterConnect and an international collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy. At the national level he participated in the development of renewable energy forecasting systems and consultant services about energy storage and AI. Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy and received the ESIG Excellence Award in 2022.

He is co-authors of more than 58 journal papers and 113 conference papers.


Gero Schindlmayr, EnBW AG

Gero Schindlmayr took his first professional steps as quantitative analyst for equity derivatives at Deutsche Bank before moving into the energy trading business at EnBW Energie Baden-Würrtemberg AG. In 2007 he left EnBW as Head of Market Risk and Valuation Models and spent more than a decade at RWE, where he held different leadership positions related to commodity risk and portfolio management. In 2020, he re-transitioned to EnBW and currently holds the position as Head of Longterm Portfolio Management.

Gero Schindlmayr graduated in Mathematics from University of Warwick and received his Ph.D in Mathematics from RWTH Aachen University. In addition to his career in business, Mr. Schindlmayr published numerous scientific papers and books.

Gero Schindlmayr will give a keynote with the title "New challenges managing renewable generation portfolios".

Sonja Wogrin, TU Graz

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Sonja Wogrin graduated in Technical Mathematics (Dipl.-Ing.) from TU Graz and in Computation for Design and Optimization (M.Sc) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008. She obtained her Ph.D in 2013 from the Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica (IIT) of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, where she subsequently worked as an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Organization. Since August 2021, she heads the Institute of Electricity Economics and Energy Innovation at TU Graz.

Her research interests cover decision support systems in the energy sector, optimization and especially the problem of generation capacity expansion.