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 instigation and coordination of national TSO/NGO collaboration projects, for providing feedback to EU grid development processes and RGI's organisational 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.
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 is currently on a sabbatical and will be back in June 2018. 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. He is responsible for RGI's 'Need for grids' work, community compensation and benefit sharing and RGI's work on nature conservation. 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 solar energy sector and has interned at the South African offices of a global environmental consultancy.
Cristina Simioli started working at RGI in January 2018. She works with TSOs, NGOs and other stakeholders to improve their mutual understanding and find innovative solutions. At her previous position with a global environmental engineering consultancy, she coordinated initiatives in the energy market and stakeholder engagement projects. She studied Communication and International Affairs at the University for Foreigners of Perugia, Italy, and at the University of Lyon, France. She has a certificate from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).
Andrzej became an advisor to the RGI Secretariat in June 2017. He is working currently on his PhD thesis at the Bavarian School of Public Policy at the Technical University of Munich. Andrzej has worked with RGI since 2014, being engaged as researcher in the INSPIRE-Grid project. He is interested in energy policy decision-making processes including European and local levels, issues of stakeholder engagement and contributions of transdisciplinary research to energy policy advancements. He holds a Master Degree in International Relations from the Wrocław University (Poland).
Craig joined RGI in 2018. His main responsibilities lie with scenario and energy system work. He was previously Senior Fellow at the IASS in Potsdam, Germany, where he produced an online course on the energy transition and published a discussion paper on the flexibility of nuclear reactors in combination with wind and solar. He is the co-author of Energy Democracy, a history of Germany’s Energiewende (energy transition) as a grassroots movement (Palgrave 2016). He has served as technical editor of the first two editions of IRENA’s REmap 2030 and of the 2015 edition of Greenpeace’s Energy (R)evolution. In 2008, he cofounded Berlin’s PV Magazine; in 2010, Renewables International. From 2012-2018, he was the lead author of EnergyTransition.de. Since 2002, he has also authored articles and books in German and served as editor for numerous German periodicals in the energy sector. In 2014, he won the International Association of Energy Economists’ prize for energy journalism.
Michael joined RGI in April of 2018 and is managing RGI’s marine work program. From Australia originally, he brings experience in the environmental (including marine), climate change and energy (CCS) sectors. Michael has worked in government, as well as with private and non-for-profit organizations in various strategic and project-based positions, involving analyses of global environmental, clean energy and climate change trends. Michael studied in the areas of international commerce and natural sciences while at the University of Adelaide.
Dení joined RGI in April 2018. She is responsible for RGI's fundraising strategies. Prior to RGI, Deni worked as a Consultant, managing and implementing international projects in diverse sectors, including programmes founded by the EU Commission. Deni studied Sociology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and La Trobe University in Australia, and she holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Xiamen University in China. Before coming to Berlin, she lived and worked in the Asia -Pacific region for over 8 years.
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.
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.
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.