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 RGI in April 2018. She is 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. Deni 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. Before coming to Berlin, she lived and worked in the Asia-Pacific region for over 7 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cristian Passarello Project Manager - Offshore Energy & Nature
Cristian Passarello joined RGI in August 2021 as a project manager working on the Offshore Coalition for Energy and Nature and on its develpment in the Mediterranean region. Cristian holds a MSc in Environment & Resource Management from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and has co-authored several publications on Marine Spatial Planning and ocean governance. Previously, Cristian worked as a Science Officer for Future Earth where he coordinated a global call for proposals for transdisciplinary research towards sustainability and worked on SDGs-related projects co-authoring the 10 New Insights in Climate Science.
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 Senior Manager - Energy and Policy Systems
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.
Since February 2021, Heidi has been involved in the continuation of the newly established Offshore Coalition for Energy and Nature (OCEaN). As part of RGI's OCEaN team, she works in particular on implementing the outcomes of the Impact and Engagement Working Group and on coordinating and convening the work of the Coalition. As of October 2021, she supports RGI's OCEaN team part-time while pursuing an interdisciplinary Joint International Master in Sustainable Development (MSc). She has experience from multilateral policy processes, research and NGO work.
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