Position: Associate Senior Research Fellow
Felice Simonelli is an Associate Senior Research Fellow at CEPS. Since 2009 Felice Simonelli has been providing research and advisory services to public institutions, trade associations, and companies. His research and consultancy activities focus on better regulation, digital economy, industrial competitiveness, research and innovation, energy and energy-intensive industries. Felice has managed large research projects on better regulation and analysis of public policies for the European Commission and the European Parliament, including impact assessments and ex post evaluation of EU legislation. He has extensive experience in data collection and analysis across EU countries, including conducting interviews and surveys and arranging stakeholder consultations on behalf of the European Commission. In 2012 he was a visiting Ph.D. student at The Buchmann Faculty of Law (Tel Aviv University) and in 2011 he was a visiting researcher at Berkeley Law (University of California). He holds a Ph.D. in Law and Economics from LUISS University, an LL.M. cum laude in Law and Economics from Erasmus University of Rotterdam and from Ghent University, a two-year M.Sc. cum laude in Law and Economics and a Bachelor cum laude in Economics and Business from LUISS. He has published several papers on peer reviewed journals. He is a native Italian speaker and fluent in English.
Position: Head of Department “EU and International Cooperation”
Studied agricultural sciences with a specialisation in agricultural economics at University of Göttingen (Germany). Work at the Federal Research Centre for Agriculture in Braunschweig, Germany (now Thünen), German Federal Ministry of Agriculture (BMEL), European Commission DG Research and since 1997 at Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (Agency for Renewable Resources, FNR). Represents Germany in IEA Bioenergy and IEA AMF. Actively involved in supporting the European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy (ETIP Bioenergy, formerly EBTP) since 2006.
Position: Senior Scientist
Kati Koponen, Dr.Sc (Tech), works as a Senior Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. With over 13 years of experience, she is an expert in climate impact and sustainability assessment of renewable energy. Her research has focused on the European Union Renewable Energy Directive RED2 and its sustainability criteria for bioenergy and alternative fuels. She is a National Team Leader in IEA Bioenergy Task 45 “Climate and sustainability impacts of bioenergy within the broader bioeconomy”. Currently, she coordinates EU H2020 project “Quantifying and Deploying Responsible Negative Emissions in Climate Resilient Pathways (NEGEM)”.
Position: Senior Scientist
Mr Pihlajamäki has over 30 years of experience in strategic development of forestry and forest/bioproduct industry businesses worldwide. He has capability to combine complex fibre resource, market, competitiveness and environmental issues into strategic plans and advice to improve business performance and shareholder value. Over the years he has accumulated a large experience in forestry, investment strategy and M&A assignments for leading international corporations, and more recently also in climate impact and forest carbon strategies. Mr Pihlajamäki has gained extensive global experience in his assignments in Europe, Russia, South and South-East Asia, East and West Africa, Latin America and the USA.