SPEAKERS at the Global Energy Transition Journalism Conference 2019 #GETJO19

This list of #GETJO19 speakers and sessions chairs is continuously updated. If you would like to join the conference and discuss how the business sector is adjusting to the climate crisis, shaping the energy transition, and how these transformations are reflected in journalism, register via the link on the event page here - the deadline is 25 March.

Nickolaus Bauer

Twitter: @NickolausBauer

Nickolaus Bauer is an award-winning journalist for eNews Channel Africa (eNCA) - South Africa's premier 24 hour news channel. After a decade of experience as a journalist in South Africa, Bauer has become a household name in the South Africa media landscape. He prides himself on the ability to tackle a diverse array of stories - from politics and social justice to sport and business. He believes Energy policy reportage is vital for the future of many developing nations in Southern Africa as several geo-political power battle for sectoral dominance in the region.

Richard Black

Twitter: @_richardblack

Richard Black is a British journalist and Director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), a non-profit think-tank based in London. For more than two decades he was Environment Correspondent for the BBC World Service.

Kingsmill Bond

Twitter: @CarbonBubble

Kingsmill Bond is the New Energy Strategist for Carbon Tracker, and part of the investor outreach team. His role is to communicate to investors the dramatic implications of the energy transition. He believes that this revolution is the most important driver of financial markets and geopolitics in the modern era. Bond has worked as a sell-side City equity analyst and strategist for over 20 years, including for Deutsche Bank, Troika Dialog and Citibank in London, Hong Kong and Moscow.  He has written strategy on emerging markets and global themes, including the wider significance of the shale revolution. He worked for many years in Russia, which is the world’s largest exporter of fossil fuels, and a country deeply impacted by the transition. Bond has an MA in history from Cambridge University, trained as an accountant (CIMA), and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Michael Buchsbaum

Twitter: @LMicalBuchsbaum

Michael Buchsbaum has been a journalist since 2005. In his career he has been serving as a contributor and editor to a variety of trade and industry publications including Coal Age Magazine, EnergyBiz, the Coal Transporter, Mining Magazine, Power Magazine and others while working directly with various mining companies, energy producers, trade groups and suppliers. Beginning in 2011, while working with groups like Occupy, Clean Energy Action and Frack Free Colorado, Buchsbaum changed his focus towards renewable energy solutions, looking towards Germany’s on-going Energiewende as a model. In 2018, he began writing for the Heinrich Böll Stiftung’s and editing for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) among others.

Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar

Twitter: @winterapples

Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar is a journalist from India currently based in Mumbai. She is an Editorial Consultant with The Times of India Mumbai and also freelances for international publications. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Yale e360, BBC Future, Daily Beast, NYTimes online, among others.

Scott Clavenna

Twitter: @sclavennagtm

Scott Clavenna serves as Chairman of Greentech Media ( and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, where he contributes to the strategic guidance of Wood Mackenzie’s work in the global Energy Transition. Mr. Clavenna was the co-founder and CEO of Greentech Media and helped develop it into the leading source of integrated news, industry research, conferences and executive councils in the clean energy economy.  Greentech Media was acquired by Wood Mackenzie in 2016 and is currently part of its Power & Renewables breakout. Prior to Greentech Media, Mr. Clavenna was a market analyst in the broadband telecommunications industry in various media and research organizations.

Megan Darby

Twitter: @climatemegan

Megan Darby is deputy editor at Climate Home News, an award-winning news site dedicated to the international politics of climate change. She previously worked for UK industry journal Utility Week. She holds a degree in mathematics from Newcastle University, which she hasn't used since graduation, and 100 words per minute shorthand, which she uses daily.

Christian de Boisredon

Twitter: @CdeBoisredon

Christian de Boisredon is the founder of Sparknews, a social enterprise whose mission is to shed light on the many innovative and inspiring solutions to take action for a more sustainable future. For the past six years, Sparknews has spearheaded and coordinated many international and collaborative programmes, such as the Impact Journalism Day, to show that, beyond the simple observation of global issues, solutions exist all around the world. The group works with more than 70 leading news media across the world in various fields (generalist, business, innovation, etc). De Boisredon also frequently appears as a speaker at conferences on change leadership and positive innovation. He was appointed Ashoka Fellow (Ashoka is the biggest international organisation of social entrepreneurs) and co-wrote the bestseller L’Espérance Autour du Monde.

Mike De Souza

Twitter: @mikedesouza

Mike De Souza is National Observer's Managing Editor. He has covered politics for more than a decade, focusing in recent years on energy and environment policies in government and industry. In 2017, De Souza won a Canadian Association of Journalists award for his investigation that exposed a conflict of interest in the federal review of the Energy East pipeline project, which was subsequently terminated. A Montreal native, he has worked as a broadcast and print journalist in his home town, as well as the National Assembly in Quebec City, Parliament Hill in Ottawa and Calgary. He has worked for Reuters, Postmedia and The Montreal Gazette. De Souza now leads National Observer's news coverage out of its Ottawa office on Parliament Hill.


Twitter: @PIK_Climate

Ottmar Edenhofer is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Professor for the Economics of Climate Change at the Technical University Berlin, as well as founding director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). He is also a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and of the National Academy of Science and Engineering acatech. Edenhofer has published numerous articles in leading journals and authored various books. From 2008 to 2015 he served as Co-Chair of Working Group III of the IPCC, substantially shaping the Fifth Assessment Report on Climate Change Mitigation, which has been considered a landmark report and provided the scientific basis for the Paris Agreement.

Susanne Ehlerding

Twitter: @SueEhlerding

Susanne Ehlerding works as an editor with Tagesspiegel Background Energie & Klima in Berlin. She covers renewable energies and related issues, such as retrofitting of buildings as well as the associated regulations. She is a correspondent at international climate conferences and keeps an eye on European energy policy.

Anne-Sophie Garrigou

Twitter: @GarrigouAnneSo

Anne-Sophie Garrigou is a journalist and eco-feminist. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Beam Magazine, a Berlin-based print and digital publication that takes a modern approach to sustainable development and climate change information, and Director of Beam Media. 


Ferry Heilemann

Twitter: @freighthub_com

Ferry Heilemann is CEO and Co-Founder of FreightHub, Europe’s first fully integrated digital freight forwarder. He has already gained a name in the startup world as an experienced entrepreneur and investor with more than eight years of experience. He and his brother Dr. Fabian Heilemann (Co-founder and Chairman of the Board at FreightHub) founded the coupon platform DailyDeal as early as 2009. They quickly expanded the company to over 350 employees and sold it to Google for over $ 100 million in 2011. In the following, they founded Heilemann Ventures and invested in over 25 start-ups. Among other things, they bought back their old company from Google, led it into profitability and sold it again. Within FreightHub Ferry focuses on fundraising, human resources and the financial sector.

Isabel Hilton

Twitter: @isabelhilton

London-based international journalist and broadcaster Isabel Hilton is founder and editor-in-chief of the independent, non-profit news website The bilingual online publication on the environment and climate change aims to promote a wider understanding of China’s urgent challenges in this respect. Initiated and run by the China Dialogue Trust, Hilton furthermore oversees the online publications and media services,,, as well as Hilton has authored several books, as well as worked for a number of renowned news outlets, including the Sunday Times, the Independent, the Guardian, the New Yorker and the BBC. She is also currently a Visiting Professor at the Lau Institute, Kings College London.

Michael Holder

Twitter:  @michaelholder

Michael Holder is a journalist based in London, where he covers climate politics, the low carbon transition, clean technology and renewables for BusinessGreen. While reporting on environmental issues, he has travelled to a variety of different places, including UN climate conferences, Ghanaian cocoa farms, and carbon capture sites in Norway. He previously worked at the Environment Media Group as a reporter and editor, writing extensively about air pollution and the circular economy.

Wojciech Jakóbik

Twitter: @wjakobik

Wojciech Jakóbik has been an energy analyst since 2009 and is currently the editor in chief of Jakóbik is also the author of multiple publications in Polish and English. His specialties are natural gas, energy transition and energy union.

Abhaya Raj Joshi

Twitter: @arj272

Abhaya Raj Joshi is a journalist based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is an Associate Editor at He also writes for The Third Pole and Mongabay on issues related to energy transition, climate change, and wildlife.

Alexander Jung

Twitter: @Vattenfall_De

Alexander Jung is the Director of Public & Regulatory Affairs for Vattenfall in Germany. He studied law at the University of Heidelberg and universities in Spain. After the reunification he worked as a lawyer at VEAG Vereinigte Energiewerke AG helping to build up the East-German energy sector. Afterwards he held various positions at the Berlin utility Bewag AG before he became Head of management board office at Vattenfall as consequence of a merger of four energy companies. Since 2010, Jung is responsible for the governmental relations and regulatory affairs of the company in Germany. In addition he has been Vattenfall’s representative for the City of Berlin since 2013.

Andreas Kluth

Twitter: @andreaskluth

Andreas Kluth was a journalist for The Economist from 1997 to 2017. During that time he was Berlin Bureau Chief and Germany Correspondent for nearly five years. Before that, he was the US West Coast Correspondent, covering the politics, society and economy of California and the western states. Before this, he covered technology from Silicon Valley, Asian business from Hong Kong, and finance from London. Andreas Kluth is the author of Hannibal and Me: What History’s Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failure. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Germany. He became editor-in-chief of Handelsblatt Today in March 2017.

Andreas Kuhlmann

Twitter: @AJK_Kuhlmann

Andreas Kuhlmann has been the Chief Executive of the German Energy Agency (dena) since July 2015. In 2010, Kuhlmann became the Director of Strategy and Politics at the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), where he was responsible for the association's strategic and political development, its communications with government, businesses and the public, and the coordination of all activities relating to the energy transition. Previously, the graduate physicist held positions at the German Embassy in Stockholm, the European Parliament, the German Parliament and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. 

Hanne May

Twitter: @may_power_day

Hanne May has been Head of Corporate Communications at the German Energy Agency (dena) since February 2018. As a communications expert with experience in energy policy, she drives the strategic orientation of dena's communications and, with her broad-based team, develops target-group-spe-cific measures for all aspects of the energy turnaround.
Prior to this, she was head of energy communication at the consulting agency Edelman.ergo. Hanne May worked as a full-time journalist and author for around 20 years, most recently as editor-in-chief of the trade magazines "neue energie" and "new energy". She studied German and journalism and began her career as an editor for a construction magazine in Wiesbaden. She then worked for a business ma-gazine of the Handelsblatt publishing house in Frankfurt. Right from the start, her focus was on energy and climate protection topics.

Twesh Mishra

Twitter: @TweshMishra

Twesh Mishra works at The Hindu BusinessLine - India's second most read English business news daily - as a Senior Reporter where he covers energy and infrastructure. He was awarded the first Clean Energy Wire Grant for cross border collaboration projects. Mishra has also been a World Wildlife Fund India Fellow where he focused on reporting climate innovations, enhancing clean energy access, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and generating awareness on climate and energy themes. 

Joachim Müller-Soares

Joachim Müller-Soares founded BIZZ energy today in Berlin in 2012 and served as its publisher and editor-in-chief for six years. He had previously spent ten years as parliamentary correspondent for Capital, Germany´s biggest business magazine. His journalistic experience also includes the German press agency dpa, the Financial Times Deutschland and radio broadcasting at Hessischer Rundfunk in Frankfurt. In the mid 1990s he worked as assistant to the board of directors of the leading German publishing house Gruner+Jahr Verlag. Joachim holds a PhD in Physics from Imperial College London and an M.Sc. in Management from the London School of Economics.

Komila Nabiyeva

Komila Nabiyeva is a freelance journalist and writer covering climate change and energy issues. Her recent study, published by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, examines the prospects for an energy transition in South East- and Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Komila has previously worked as a communications consultant, moderator and trainer for the United Nations and political foundations. From 2014 until 2019, Komila coordinated the work of the Energy Watch Group, an international network of scientists and parliamentarians.

Philipp Offergeld

Twitter: @MercatorDE

Philipp Offergeld is a Project Manager at Stiftung Mercator's Centre for Climate Change. He focuses primarily on climate communication issues and the management of the transport decarbonization portfolio. Among other projects, he was in charge of developing the Clean Energy Wire (CLEW) as well as the think tank Agora Verkehrswende (Transport Transition), and manages a campaign for cleaner vehicles in the EU. Philipp has been working at Stiftung Mercator since 2010, initially as the Executive Assistant of the Director Centre for International Affairs, then as a Project Manager for the Mercator Program Center for International Affairs. Philipp studied European Studies, Policy Management and Public Policy in Maastricht and Duisburg.

Atâyi-Babs Opaluwah

Twitter: @atayibabs

Atâyi-Babs is CLEW ambassador for Nigeria and West Africa. As a journalist, he helped establish the Hausa Service of Radio France Internationale (RFI) and implemented the station’s start-up media strategy for West Africa. Additionally, Atâyi launched and administered RFI’s website and first radio magazine programme on climate change in the Hausa language called Chanji Yananyi. In 2013 Atayi-Babs established Climate Reporters, Africa’s first bilingual online newspaper dedicated to the coverage and reporting of climate change and the region’s environment. Atâyi-Babs was a 2018 Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue Media Fellow and he considers being a CLEW Journalism Network ambassador an opportunity to advance the frontiers of energy transition while addressing the sustainable development needs of people in Nigeria, West Africa and the entire African continent.

Natalia Paramonova

Natalya Paramonova is a journalist. Since graduating from Moscow’s Maxim Gorky Literature Institute, she has worked in the Science, Environment and Technology department of the RIA Novosti news agency, written for the GEO Rossiya and Ecology and Law journals and worked for the, +1 and LookBio internet portals. She is also the founder and organiser of the Ecocup Documentary Film Festival.

Dr Frank Pawlitschek

Twitter: @ubiFrank

Dr Frank Pawlitschek is co-founder and CEO of ubitricity, a company that develops services for electric mobility. Frank gained experience as a software developer in the Silicon Valley before he began his legal education in Germany, New Zealand and the US. After graduating with distinction, he completed his doctoral thesis in law and became an attorney in leading domestic and international firms. For many years, he advised large and mid-sized clients in the high-tech field. In 2018, Frank Pawlitschek was elected President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Energy Network. Additionaly, he is a member of the board of the German Bundesverband Neue Energiewirtschaft as well as representing ubitricity at Germany's National Platform for Electric Mobility, which was created by the federal government.

Maz Plechinger

Twitter: @EnergyWatch_eu

Maz Plechinger is editor of and With a background as a reporter at Denmark’s largest newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, he now heads the leading, independent news site on the energy sector in the Nordics. EnergyWatch produces critical, balanced and technology neutral journalism about the energy and utilities industry.

Kerstin Rippel

Twitter: @kerstin_rippel

Kerstin Maria Rippel graduated in law at the Saarland University (First State Examination) and completed her legal education at the Higher Regional Court in Stuttgart with the Second State Examination in 1998. She further holds a postgraduate master’s degree in Commercial Law (LL.M.) which she acquired at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Previously, she worked as a lawyer at a law firm which was specialised in renewable energy law, as an editor and later chief editor for a publishing house and as the spokesperson for the German Association of Energy Market Innovators. In 2013 she joined 50Hertz as Teamlead Energy Policy and took over her current position as Head of the Communications and Public Affairs division in March 2016.

Stefan Sagmeister

Twitter: @zeitung_energie

Stefan Sagmeister has been editor-in-chief for the trade journal Energie & Management, the news portal E&M Powernews and the daily newsletter E&M Daily at the specialist publishers Energie & Management since 2016. He was previously editor-in-chief at the news service Energate in Essen and editor at the Zeitung für kommunale Wirtschaft (ZfK) in Munich. Sagmeister holds a degree in business administration.

Sabrina Schulz

Twitter: @sbschulz

Dr Sabrina Schulz is Head of the Berlin office of KfW, the German national promotional and international development bank. Before joining KfW, Sabrina was the Director of the Berlin office of Third Generation Environmentalism (E3G), a European not-for-profit think tank working to accelerate the global transition to sustainable development. She also worked in various policy capacities in Germany, the UK, the US and Canada. Sabrina holds an MA in Public Policy and Management from the University of Potsdam and took parts of the degree at the University of Konstanz and l’Université catholique de Louvain. She also holds an MA in International Politics as well as a PhD from Aberystwyth University.

Martin Schwarz

Twitter: @4cmagazin

Martin Schwarz is head of digital products and digital media at WEKA Industrie Medien, leading the digital media strategy of this Austrian publishing house with its 14 print magazines and 16 web portals. In 2016 he was awarded “Specialized Journalist of the Year” by the “German Association of Trade Press” for outstanding journalistic achievements.

Petra Sorge

Twitter: @petrasorge

Petra Sorge is a freelance journalist based in Berlin. She contributes regularly to German and English media such as Der Spiegel, Die Zeit and USA Today. Petra has done cross-border research on the lung disease silicosis in Indian mines, and on the toxic consequences of battery recycling in Nigeria. She received the Otto-von-Habsburg Prize for Minority Reporting in Europe in 2018, and has twice been awarded Global Health Grants from the European Journalism Centre. Petra previously worked with the magazine Cicero and the weekly Der Freitag.

Dr Richard Thomas

Twitter: @rich_thomas99

Dr Richard Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Swansea University, UK, and is the Programme Director of the Erasmus Mundus Master’s programme in Journalism, Media and Globalization. His research has focussed on the coverage of elections, but also how financial journalism has evolved and developed, particularly across the global financial crisis 2008-2014. He has produced academic outputs concerning the connection between the news reporting of economic growth and environmental damage, and the position of climate change within wider news agendas. He is also the co-founder of the discussion forum and Knowledge Exchange platform

Tsvetomira Tsanova

Twitter: @TsanovaREN

Tsvetomira Tsanova has been part of the journalist team of Renewables Now nine years. Currently the editor-in-chief for the renewable energy-focused newswire, she has been following the ups and downs of the global clean energy industry and the progress of the energy transition for a decade.  

Leslie Wayne

Leslie Wayne is a former business reporter at The New York Times and has taught at New York University and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.  For more than two decades at The Times, she covered the economy, financial scandals and reported on business investigations.   Ms. Wayne also worked for The International Consortium of Investigative Reporters in Washington DC, and was the lead reporter on “Lux Leaks,” which exposed on Luxembourg’s secret corporate tax breaks.  She has an M.B.A. from Columbia University, was a visiting professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing and Arizona State in Phoenix and is a five-time winner of The New York Times “Publisher’s Award.”  

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