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 of the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s Global Future Council on Clean Electrification, after having participated between 2014-2016 on the WEF's 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.
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.
Dení joined the Renewables Grid Initiative in 2018. She is currently coordinating the work of the ‘Offshore Energy and Nature’ team, and previously was responsible for RGI's Business Plan and fundraising strategies. Prior to RGI, Deni worked as a consultant, managing and implementing international projects between the EU, Asia-Pacific and Latin-America in diverse sectors. She studied Sociology and Political Sciences 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.
Sophie joined the RGI team in January 2021 as Personal Assistant to the CEO. She has previously managed the communication for a sustainability project funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and has experience in advocacy and event management. Sophie holds degrees in Politics and International Relations (BA) and Media, Communications and International Journalism (MA) from the Universities of Bristol and Glasgow.
Andrzej has been working at RGI since May 2017, having previously cooperated as researcher in the INSPIRE-Grid project since 2014 at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). In his work he combines aspects derived from social and political realities with the functioning of the energy systems. Currently, he is managing two Horizon 2020 projects: SENTINEL and WHY, aiming to improve existing and develop new energy models by applying diversified stakeholders' perspectives to them. He holds a Master Degree in International Relations from the Wrocław University and is completing his PhD at the Bavarian School of Public Policy at the Technical University of Munich.
Alexandros joined RGI in March 2021 to support its Advocacy team. He is a fully qualified lawyer in Greece and prior to RGI worked as legal counsel in law firms and corporate environments in Greece and Germany. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) and he is currently pursuing a Master of Business Law (MBL) with a focus on European and International Energy Law at the Technical University of Berlin.
Bettina joined RGI in April 2022 as Fundraising Manager. She is responsible for RGI's Business Plan and fundraising strategies. Bettina brings a broad industry background and skillset to RGI. She was leading the fundraising departments of NGOs in Germany and Switzerland, worked as consultant and marketing director in the private sector, especially in the financial and telecommunication industry. Prior to RGI, Bettina launched a climate impact rating for CDP and assessed private banks in Sustainable Finance as a consultant. Bettina holds a university degree in business administration from the Universities of Mannheim and St. Gallen. Before moving back to Germany - and to Berlin - she lived in Switzerland for 20 years.
Himakshi joined RGI in June 2020 and is responsible for the financial management, reporting, and budgeting of RGI. She is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Himakshi has previously held several positions in the private sector within Accounting and Finance Management bringing experience of forecasting, financial statements preparation, and project financing. Her most recent position was as an External Auditor with a large auditing firm where she was solely responsible for the examination of Financial Statements as per the regulatory and statutory requirements.
Léa joined RGI in January 2022 as a Junior Manager, working mostly on the PAC 2.0 project. She studied Electromechanical Engineering (BA) and specialised in energy systems (MA), at École Polytechnique de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium and Royal Institute of Technology KTH, Sweden. Léa dedicated her Master thesis to power system resilience and further continued this research topic in cooperation with the ULB.
Liam joined RGI in June 2019 as part of the communication team. As of 2021, he is responsible for the coordination of two national TSO/NGO collaboration projects in Germany and one project in Ireland. He is also the contact person for topics relating to nature protection and ecosystem restoration. He has previously worked in public relations, research, teaching and sustainable development. Liam holds degrees in Modern Languages (BA - German, Spanish and French with Dutch) and Environment, Development and Policy (MA) from the Universities of Newcastle and Sussex (UK) respectively.
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.
Madlie Le Bihan joined RGI in December 2021 as a project manager working on the Offshore Coalition for Energy and Nature. She previously worked in the environmental sector on projects related to the energy transition, mitigation and adaptation to climate change. She also conducted policy and advocacy work on topics such as indigenous rights, deforestation and trade. She has a background in law and holds two Masters degrees, in International Relations and Sustainability from Université Paris Sud and Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne respectively.
+49 30 7677194 52 madlie[at]renewables-grid.eu
Roland Lleshi Project Manager - Offshore Energy and Nature
Roland joined RGI in March 2021 and now works as a junior project manager. Previously, he worked in the nature conservation sector as project manager for safeguarding endangered avifauna linked to human-induced conflicts in his home country, Albania, and as lecturer assistant at Polis University in Tirana. He has studied Forestry and Urban Environment Management and recently graduated from an M.Sc. in Global Change Management from Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE), Germany, focussing on natural resource management under global change.
Eston joined RGI in April 2022 as a Junior Manager - Communication. His primary responsibilities are graphic design, social media management, website management, and event planning. Previously, he worked as a freelancer helping NGOs and social-enterprises design communications and public affairs strategies. Eston has a BA in Global Affairs with minors in Economics and Religion & Culture from Western Washington University (USA). Additionally, he has an MSc in Political Science: Public Policy and Governance from the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands).
+49 30 7677 19450 eston[at]renewables-grid.eu
Ana Miljanović Rusan Junior Project Manager - Offshore Energy & Nature
Ana joined RGI in June 2022 as a Junior Project Manager in the Offshore Energy and Nature team. Prior to joining the team, she worked as a research student assistant at Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change. She studied Environmental Sciences (BSc) at Faculty of Science in Zagreb and Environmental Planning (MSc) at the Technical University in Berlin.
Charlotte joined RGI in April 2022 as a Junior Manger with the communications team. Prior to joining RGI, Charlotte completed internships with the GIZ and Canadian agricultural ministry working on topics including energy, agriculture and water security, trade policy and climate communication. Charlotte studied History and Economics at Carleton University in Canada and she holds a Master’s degree in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Konstanz in Germany.
Mara joined the Renewables Grid Initiative in 2021. Her main responsibilities at RGI encompass communications and media work as well as event management. She previously worked as a training coordinator at the Center for International Peace Operations in Berlin and at the Florence School of Regulation (FSR) within the European University Institute. At the FSR she was also responsible for donor relations and policy events. Mara studied in Sibiu (Romania), Salzburg (Austria) and Berlin (Germany) and holds degrees in German and English Philology (BA) and Arts and Media Administration (MA).
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.
Amanda joined the RGI team in October 2020 as a Student Assistant. After completing an MBA program in Building Sustainability at the Technische Universität Berlin, she collaborates in the stakeholder engagement of two Horizon Europe projects: SENTINEL and WHY, that look at energy modelling optimisation. She brings expertise in energy efficiency from both private and non-profit sectors, and has additional past experience in teaching, advocacy, and research. She studied Political Science and Environmental Policy (BA) at Linnaeus University in Växjo, Sweden and University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire in the United States.
Cristina Simioli Programme Manager - Offshore Energy and Nature
Cristina Simioli started working at RGI in January 2018. She works on advocacy at the EU level and manages collaborations between TSOs, NGOs and other stakeholders to improve their mutual understanding and find together 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) and completed a Participatory Leadership Training where she learned methods for more engaging discussions.
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