During its board meeting of November 29th 2016, the board members of the European Academy of the Regions appointed Dipl.ing.Dr. Stephan RESSL as new board member and as co-head of energy department.
“The newest Board member embodies the spirit of community and bring expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have Stephen by our side as we continue to strengthen the activities of the Academy, in partulcar within energy sector. ” Dr. Jan Haizmann, EAR-AER Head of Energy Department.
Dipl. Ing. Dr Stephan Ressl has a degree in mechanical engineering from TU-Vienna and a subsequent PhD focusing on economics and industrial policy.
Until June 2016 he worked for the European Commission (Sec Gen SRSS) as the resident energy advisor to Cyprus authorities. Prior to the above position, besides active in consultancy he was partner and Managing Director in Mithras-Clean Energy GmbH, Mithras Clean Energy Italia srl and Wattpic Energia Intelligent focusing on solar energy projects. He founded his independent activity in October 2008.
He joined Econgas/OMV Group as Head of Business Development in June 2006 and was responsible for strategy, internal and external business development including strategic projects, new markets and regulatory affairs.
He served also as Vice Chairman of EFET Gas and in the Easee-Gas Board of Directors.
Before he worked in the European Commission DG TREN C-2 for more than two years, dealing mainly with gas market liberalisation items and the creation of the energy community.
He worked for GTE as Vice Executive Secretary from 2002 to 2004 after having joined OMV in late 2001.
He was previously project manager to set up the Austrian Energy Exchange EXAA and the Austrian Balancing Energy Agency AGCS.