The Secretariat manages and coordinates all RGI activities, develops and implements strategies and action plans, administers approved budgets, publicly represents the Renewables Grid Initiative, networks and conducts background briefings.
Antonella Battaglini is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Renewables Grid Initiative.
Antonella is currently a member of the European Commission's expert group on electricity interconnection targets and has previously been an expert member of the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s 2014-2016 Global Agenda Council on the Future of Electricity. In 2015 she was named one of Tällberg's 2015 five Global Leaders for her commitment to a sustainable energy future and combating climate change. She is also a senior scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) where she leads the SuperSmart Grid (SSG) process, a concept she developed together with her team to reconcile different approaches to the system integration of renewables. By adopting a holistic approach, the SSG addresses the challenges of the transformation of the power sector considering generation, transmission and demand management. In this concept, both centralised and decentralised options play an undisputed role.
Antina Sander joined RGI in March 2012. She is responsible for the coordination of the BESTGRID project, RGI's internal operations/business planning. In 2011, Antina has finalised an MSc in Environmental Management and Policy at Lund University, Sweden where she has written her master thesis about grid expansion and public acceptance. The thesis "From 'Decide, Announce, Defend' to 'Announce, Discuss, Decide'" won the first prize of the "Ökostrom für Alle!" Award in 2012. Antina furthermore holds an MBA and has been working for seven years in the private sector (strategic management consultancy and in the consumer goods industry) and with the United Nations.
Nikola joined RGI in June 2013. He is responsible for RGI accounts and the financial reporting of RGI’s projects to different donors. Nikola has more than six years of experience dealing with EU Regional Policy, EU Structural and Cohesion Funds and donor funding as a financial consultant and project manager both in the private and public sector. In 2008, he was a stagiaire in the European Commission. Nikola possesses a Master degree in Finance and a Bachelor in International relations, both obtained in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Theresa joined RGI in November 2011. She is responsible for RGI's communication activities, the best practice project, and the organisation of workshops and conferences. Prior to RGI, Theresa worked at a communication consultancy firm in Berlin, advising clients in public affairs, media relations and crisis communication with a focus on renewable energies. Theresa studied at the University of Passau and the University of Hamburg in Germany, obtaining a master degree in European Studies. During her studies, she also stayed in Växjö, Sweden and Prague, Czech Republic.
Stephanie joined the Renewables Grid Initiative in 2013. Her main responsibilities lie with RGI’s communications and media work and she is leading the good practice award activities. She previously worked in the communications team of the European Climate Foundation. Stephanie has studied at the Universities of Marburg and Hamburg, Germany, and the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. She holds degrees in political science and journalism.
Andrew Carryer joined RGI in November of 2014. His focus is on producing technical and policy research for RGI’s partners, whilst assisting with ongoing RGI projects. Andrew has an MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh, specialising in international energy policy, with his thesis focusing on the political economy of the Angolan oil industry. Andrew has previously worked in the German Solar Energy sector and has interned at the South African offices of a global Environmental Consultancy based in Cape Town.
Urszula Papajak works on RGI's communication with a specific focus on the 'Good Practice of the Year' award and the 'Energy Regions in Transition' work stream.She was previously a Communication Officer at REScoop.eu, focusing on the WiseGRID project. Prior to that position, she was part of the 350.org team. She holds a Master Degree in Journalism, Media and Globalisation. She studied at Denmarks Journalisthøjskole, Aarhus University, University of Amsterdam and University of Swansea.
Dr Ivan Scrase became an advisor to the RGI Secretariat in January 2016. He has a PhD in Environmental Policy and a Masters in Environmental Technology (Imperial College London), and a degree in Geography (Oxford University). Prior to his work for RGI, he was Head of Climate Change Policy at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Europe's largest nature conservation NGO, and led BirdLife Europe's work on energy policy and infrastructure. He served on RGI's Board from 2013 to 2015. His earlier experience was as an academic working on renewable energy, innovation policy and sustainability. He is the editor of Energy for the Future - A New Agenda, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2009, and has published widely in peer reveiwed journals on energy policy, innovation and environmental assessment.
Sylvia has been part of the RGI secretariat since September 2011 and is in charge of administrative works. Until December 2013 her position also included office management for the Smart Energy For Europe Platform (SEFEP). Sylvia spent several years in Johannesburg, South Africa, working as a secretary for the industrial department of Mannesmann Anlagenbau and the AEG Industrial Dept. During the last 7 years before joining RGI she was in charge of sales and general administration for a Spanish trading agency in Germany. Sylvia has the Spanish nationality and grew up in Germany. She speaks English, German and Spanish fluently.
Matilde joined the Renewables Grid Initiative in March 2017, taking on the position of Personal Assistant to the CEO. She studied at the Berlin School of Economics and Law where, at the end of 2016, she earned a Master's degree in International Economics. Her thesis focused on the role of the private sector in adaptation to climate change within developing countries. Her bachelor studies, which took place in the city of Trieste, were also related to economics. Prior to RGI, Matilde worked at the Carbon Disclosure Project as an Intern in Financial and Project Reporting. She grew up in the countryside of Italy, in the region of Venice.
Although he may sound like a lot of trouble, quite the opposite is true. Trouble is the well-behaved, friendly and compassionate office dog that knows how to put a smile on every person’s face. Trouble often hangs around the coffee machine and entices anyone to stay that is trying to grab a quick beverage or just simply walking by. Before you know it, Trouble has brought together people in discussion on various topics ranging from climate change to the de-stressing effects on humans brought on by canine interaction.