Joint Opening Keynote Session

Tuesday 3 June 2014
09:30 – 11:00

Room: Konrad-Adenaeur-Saal, Congress Centre, Ground Floor

 Session is open to all registered attendees

Start your visit to Renewable Energy World Europe by joining your fellow power industry professionals at the scene-setting joint opening keynote session. The keynote takes place prior to the opening of the exhibition floor and all attendees are welcome

Introduction and Opening Remarks: Nigel Blackaby, Director of Conferences, PennWell International Power Group, UK

keynote sPEAKERS



Dipl.-Ing Matthias Hartung 
Chief Executive Officer 
RWE Generation SE & RWE Power AG, Germany

Matthias Hartung is currently the Chief Executive Officer for both RWE Generation SE and RWE Power AG. In 1975 he successfully took his school examinations for access to University (German Abitur) and then began to study Mining Engineering at Aachen Technical University (RWTH Aachen). Graduating in 1981 with a Degree in Mining Engineering (Dipl.-Ing) he started as a Trainee in a future opencast mine, Rheinbraun AG.  In 1983 he took up the position of Plant Operation Engineer at the Fortuna/Garsdorf opencast mine until 1985 when he was appointed as an Operation Manager at the Bukit Asam opencast hard coal mine in Indonesia. Matthias returned to Germany in 1987 to work as the Prov. Head of Department at the Fortuna/Garsdorf opencast hard coal mine. He was promoted to Assistant Planning Manager, as well as preparing Executive Board presentations, in the Department of Opencast Mine Planning in 1988. In 1992 Matthias moved to the Garzweiler opencast mine where he acted as Chief Engineer for one year. Matthias became the Head of Department for Plant Operation Engineering/ Environmental Protection in 1993 and was appointed as the Vice President for Opencast Mine Planning and Approval in 1994 until 2004 when he became the Executive Vice President of RWE Power AG and Member of the RWE Power AG Executive Board. In 2010 Matthias was then appointed CEO of RWE Technology GmbH.                                      


Mr. Vesa Riihimaki
President, Power Plants & Executive Vice President 
Wärtsilä Corporation, Finland

Vesa Riihimaki holds a masters degree in Engineering. He  joined Wärtsilä Diesel Oy as a Design Engineer in 1992 and has since then gained extensive technological knowledge and held several key positions specializing in power generation systems design. The roles include Chief Design Engineer between 1993 and 1997 at Wärtsilä NSD Finland Oy before becoming a Design Manager, Electrical Systems through 1997 to 2000. Mr. Riihimaki then held the title of Design Manager, Power Generation Systems between 2000-2002 at Wärtsilä Finland Oy as well as a General Manager, Electrical & Automation Systems from 2002 to 2003 and before moving to his current role, Vice President, Power Plant Technology between 2004 and 2009. Vesa Riihimaki is currently the President of Power Plants and Executive Vice President for Wärtsilä Corporation.


Dr. Martin Giesen, Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Power, United Kingdom

Martin Giesen is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Advanced Power.  He joined Advanced Power AG (Switzerland) in 2001 as Founding Shareholder and COO and became CEO in May 2007. Prior to Advanced Power Dr. Giesen provided development and consulting services with respect to power generation and gas procurement.


Sophia Perry
Conference Manager
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