New ISES ExCo and Board of Directors Elected

The new ISES Executive Committee (ExCo) and Board of Directors have been elected and will start their term in January 2022. Together and with the ISES Headquarters Team they to help shape the future of ISES and lead ISES’ role in the rapid transformation to a renewable energy world.

The ISES newly elected Board Directors for the 2022-2023 term are:

  • Corporate Members Representative: Jakob Jansen, (Denmark)
  • Young ISES Representative: Aline Kirsten Vidal de Oliviera, (Brazil)
  • Members at Large Representatives:
    • Rodrigo Escobar (Chile)
    • José Gonzalez-Aguillar (Spain)
    • Andreas Hauer (Germany)
    • Michael K. H. Leung (Hong Kong, China)
    • Christine Lins (Austria)
    • Jaideep Malaviya (India)
    • Viktoria Martin (Sweden)
    • Agnieszka E. Rządkowska (Poland)
    • Geoff Stapleton (Australia)
    • Maria Wall (Sweden)
    • Robert Youngberg (USA)

The officers for Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for the term 2022-2023 are:

Klaus Vajen - President

Prof. Vajen was elected for a second term as ISES President. He is director of the Institute of Thermal Engineering at the University of Kassel, Germany, where he holds the chair of Solar- and Systems Engineering and furthermore he is distinguished professor of the Technical University of Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek. He holds a PhD in applied physics and is (co-) author of 300+ publications on (solar-) thermal engineering, university education and energy policy. He is founder and director of the MSc-programme "Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency" at the University of Kassel and developed the structured Europe-wide PhD-education on solar thermal technology.

Ricardo Rüther - Vice President

Prof. Ricardo Rüther is a Professor of Solar Energy at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Florianopolis-Brazil, where he carries out R&D and academic activities in the field of solar photovoltaics, solar irradiation resource assessment, electrochemical storage and electromobility. He completed a BE with honours and a M.Sc. degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Western Australia at the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering. He was an Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral research fellow at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Germany, and was tenured at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in 2000, where he is the director of the Solar Energy Research Laboratory Fotovoltaica/UFSC.

Andreas Häberle - Secretary

Prof. Dr. Andreas Häberle is Director of the Institute for Solar Technology SPF at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (OST) in Rapperswil, Switzerland. He is a physicist from the Technical University of Munich and earned his PhD at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg, Germany in the field of concentrating solar thermal collectors. In 1999 he co-founded the company PSE AG that offers various technologies and services for the solar sector.

Chiel Boonstra - Treasurer

Chiel Boonstra works as independent expert of his own company Trecodome in the application of advanced solutions for buildings and cities. He has international experience in applied research and real life construction and renovation projects at building and communities scale. He works with industrial partners, social housing organisations, architects, city planners. Focusing on low demand profiles and seasonal energy storage at community and city scale with the purpose of achieving real time 100% renewable energy driven communities.

Rabindra Satpathy - Appointed

The ISES Board approved Mr. Satpathy to serve in an appointed position on the 2022- 2023 ExCo. Mr. Satpathy is an electrical engineering graduate. He has more than 30 years of professional experience in renewable energy. He started his solar career in Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA), installing India’s first 25 Kwp solar PV diesel hybrid system, PV wind hybrid system and 1.1 MW wind farm. He served as a key member of the management team in Tata BP Solar and as President of Reliance Industries Limited-Solar Group. He is currently involved with Larsen & Toubro-Solar Manufacturing Business in planning & establishing large GWp level integrated solar PV value chain manufacturing facilities.

David Renné - Immediate Past President

Dr. Renné served as President of the International Solar Energy Society from 2010 - 2019.  From 1991 until his retirement in 2012 Dr. Renné managed the solar resource assessment activities at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  In 2012 he formed the consultancy Dave Renne Renewables.  He is dedicated to the concept of urgently achieving 100% renewable energy to meet all of our end use energy requirements as the best solution to the climate crisis.