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Keynote Speakers

Felix Ziegler
Name:Felix Ziegler
Organization:Institut für Energietechnik, Secr. KT 2 Technische Universität Berlin
Email ID:felix.ziegler(ELIMINAR)@tu-berlin.de

University Education

1975 - 1981:Study of Mechanical Engineering, Technische Universität München, Germany
1981:Diploma-degree of Technische Universität München in Mechanical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.)
1991:Ph.D. of Technische Universität München in Mech. Eng. (Dr.-Ing.)
1998:Habilitation in Thermodynamics at Technische Universität München (Dr.-Ing. habil.)

Professional Experience

2001-present:Full Professor at Technische Universität Berlin
Institute of Energy Engineering
Berlin, Germany
1995 – 2001:Department Manager
Department for Energy Transformation and Storage
Bayerisches Zentrum für Angewandte Energieforschung
(Bavarian Center of Applied Energy Research, ZAE Bayern) Garching, Germany
1982 – 1995:Department of Physics
Technische Universität München, Germany
1991-1995: Senior Researcher
1986-1991: Lecturer
1982-1986: Junior Researcher and Teaching Assistant
1981 – 1982:Civil Service (geriatric nursing home) Lenggries, Germany

Prizes and Awards

  • Georg-Alefeld-Award 2014
  • Preis der Gesellschaft der Freunde der TU Berlin für vorbildliche Lehre 2012 (Teaching Award)


  • Dean of the Faculty for Process Science of Technische Universität Berlin
  • Vice-Dean for Teaching of the Zentralinstitut El Gouna of Technische Universität Berlin
  • Deputy Head of the Institute of Energy Engineering at Technische Universität Berlin
  • Member of Commission E2 of the International Institute of Refrigeration
  • President of the Executive Committee of the Int. Institute of Refrigeration
  • President of the Management Committee of the International Institute of Refrigeration
  • Member of the German Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Association (DKV)
  • Member of the German Engineering Association (VDI)
  • Member of the Berlin Science Association (Berliner Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft)
  • Member of the German University Association (Deutscher Hochschulbund)
  • Organization of a series of international workshops "München Discussion Meeting"
  • Organization of the 1999 International Sorption Heat Pump Conference
  • European Editor of the “International Journal of Refrigeration”
  • Co-editor of the International Journal of Energy and Environmental Engineering
  • Author or Co-author of more than 200 scientific publications (half of them peer-reviewed)
  • Scientific assistance in organization of more than a dozen international conferences

Rajan Rawal
Name:Rajan Rawal
Designation:Director, Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy
Organization:CEPT University
Email ID:rajanrawal(ELIMINAR)@gmail.com

Rajan Rawal is a faculty member and Director of "Centre for Advanced Studies in Building Science and Energy" at CEPT University. He is a registered architect, graduated from School of Architecture, Institute of Environmental Design, Vallabh Vidyanagar. In the past, he served as Post Graduate coordinator at CEPT University and Head of Undergrad program at Faculty of Design. He teaches design and construction courses as part of undergraduate program & energy efficient built habitat, energy modelling, energy policy at post graduate level. His work emphasis is on 'energy performance of buildings and cities' and 'architectural science education'.

Prof Rawal leads Indo-US Joint Clean Energy R & D Centre - Building Energy Efficiency Sector (CBERD). This centre is recognised as centre of excellence by Government of India, Government of Gujarat and United States Agency for International Development. Prof. Rawal is member of technical core committee for benchmarking of building, Window Labelling Program committee at Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Member of National Building code, India BIS -CED 46 on Sustainable Buildings and BIS-CED 58 for sustainable construction, Technical Committee member for GRIHA rating system and technical expert at India Green Building Council. In 2014 he was appointed as senior expert at Global Building Performance Network. He served as member Board of Studies at various educational institutes.

Prof. Rawal is recognized trainer for building modelling and building energy efficiency, IGBC authorized evaluator for LEED certification rating for commercial buildings, and Green Homes. He is also GRIHA rating system empanelled assessor. He is founder member secretary of India Chapter of International Building performance simulation association (IBPSA) and also serves at Chair Education at IBPSA world committee. He serves as a research reviewer for number journals and projects.

Prof Rawal is currently engaged in constructing one of the early 'Net/Near-Zero Energy' building in India at CEPT University, which will function as living laboratory for energy performance evaluation of architectural design and building systems.

Bidyut Baran Saha
Name:Bidyut Baran Saha
Designation:Professor, Kyushu University Program for Leading Graduate School, Green Asia Education Center Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences
Organization:Kyushu University
Email ID:saha.baran.bidyut.213(ELIMINAR)@m.kyushu-u.ac.jp

Bidyut Baran Saha obtained his B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. degrees from Dhaka University of Bangladesh in 1987 and 1990, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in 1997 from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan. He worked as an Associate Professor at the Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences of Kyushu University until 2008. He worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Mechanical Engineering Department of National University of Singapore prior to joining the Mechanical Engineering Department of Kyushu University in 2010 as a Professor. He joined the Kyushu University Program for Leading Graduate School, Green Asia Education Center in March 2013 as a professor. He has been working as a professor at the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (WPI-I2CNER) in the Division of Thermal Science and Engineering. His main research interests are thermally powered sorption systems, heat and mass transfer analysis, and energy efficiency assessment. He has published more than 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings. He has edited four books and holds 10 patents. Recently, he served as managing Guest Editor for Applied Thermal Engineering and Heat Transfer Engineering journal. He serves as the editorial advisory board member of Applied Thermal Engineering journal; editorial board member of Advances in Mechanical Engineering, AIMS Energy journal, and Editor-in-Chief of Evergreen. He has organized and chairman of the International Conference on Innovative Materials for Processes in Energy Systems (IMPRES) conferences.

Kim Choon NG
Name:Kim Choon NG
Organization:Mechanical Engineering Dept., NUS, Singapore.
Email ID:mpengkc(ELIMINAR)@nus.edu.sg

Professor Kim Choon NG obtained the BSc.(Hons.) and PhD from the Strathclyde University (UK) in 1975 and 1980, respectively, and joined the ME Dept. of NUS in 1981. His research interests are in nuclear power plants, solar energy applications, chillers and heat pumps, adsorption cooling and desalination, co‐generation systems analysis and testing. He has over two hundreds peer reviewed journals and conference publications. He is active in professional services, serving as associate editors in three international journals and a sub‐committee member of the examination sub‐committee of the Professional Engineers Board of Singapore. He is a visiting professor to the Water Desalination and Research Center (WDRC), KAUST (2009 – till now) and the WCU programme (2008‐2013) of Jeju National University, Korea. He has published 2 books, 3 book chapters and 12 patents and 3 spin‐off companies based on his patents but with licenses from NUS’ ILO. He received the NUS Innovation and Enterprise Awards 2014 for his contribution in AD technology. His current research H-index(Google scholar) is 33 with 3785 citations

Roberto Best and Brown
Name:Roberto Best and Brown
Organization:Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Email ID:rbb(ELIMINAR)@ier.unam.mx

Present Appointment

Full time Senior Researcher, Instituto de Energías Renovables de la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (IER-UNAM).

Academic Qualifications

Chemical Engineer degree. Faculty of Chemistry - UNAM. (1969-1973).
Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Cranfield Institute of Technology, Cranfield, England. (1975-1977).
PhD in Chemical Engineering, Salford University, England. (1986-1990).

Research Areas:

Engineering and technology of heat pumps, cooling, absorption refrigeration systems, Solar thermal applications.

Teaching activity:

Introduction to renewable energy sources, thermodynamics, solar thermal processes, Postgraduate courses in engineering (energy), CIE-UNAM.


Over 90 research articles published in national and international refereed journals and over 100 Conference presentations and proceedings.

Academic Supervision

More than 46 theses directed. 15 engineering degree, 13 masters and 9 doctorate degrees.

Membership and Distinctions

Member of the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores Nivel III,(highest level) engineering and technology area recognition
Member and founder of the Asociacion Nacional de Energia Solar, ANES, the Mexican section of the International Solar Energy Association, president of ANES from 1999-2000.
Head of the Refrigeration and Heat Pump Group at IER-UNAM
Responsible of the laboratory for testing solar water heaters for certification entities
Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences
Member Academy of Sciences of the State of Morelos
Member of the of the Mexican Engineering Academy
Associate Editor Applied Thermal Engineering, Elsevier

Dr. R. R. Sonde
Name:Dr. R. R. Sonde
Designation:Executive VP
Organization:Research, Technology & Innovation, Thermax LTD
Email ID:RSONDE(ELIMINAR)@Thermaxindia.com

Dr. Ramakrishna R Sonde is currently working with Thermax Limited as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President – Research, Technology & Innovation.

He is involved in Energy and Environment field and is working on development of different technologies. They are the newer clean coal technologies, heat pumping technologies, advance combustion systems, water and waste water technologies. His research interests now include solar energy systems and more particularly in solar thermal energy systems which include optics, structural design, coatings, absorber design and controls system design. His research interest include development of high efficiency power conversion devices for low grade energy.

Dr. Sonde is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering and a Member of its Governing Council. He is on the board of National Board of Accreditation in its Executive Council as well as General Council. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology. He is associated with many Government departments and autonomous institutions as Member of Boards, Councils or Committees. He was awarded Dr. Homi Bhabha Gold Medal by the Prime Minister in 2006, for his outstanding contributions in the field of nuclear energy. He is also the recipient of Dr. Doraswami IIChE Medal and Gold Medal from the Indian Nuclear Society. He was awarded Dr. Vishweswarayya Gold Medal for standing first in the University of Mysore (KREC-1979).

Manfred Groll
Name:Manfred Groll
Email ID:manfredgroll(ELIMINAR)@arcor.de

Prof. emeritus Dr.-Ing. habil. Manfred Groll has studied Mechanical Engineering at University Stuttgart and obtained his academic degrees there (Dipl.-Ing. in 1963, Dr.- Ing. in 1969, Habilitation and Venia Legendi for “Energy Systems” in 1978).

Since 1970 he chaired the Department of Energy Conversion and Heat Transfer at the Institute of Nuclear Technology and Energy Systems (IKE), University Stuttgart. During 1975/76 he worked for two years at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA on the development of heat pipe technology for satellite applications.

Since late 1976, besides teaching activities, he was responsible at IKE for numerous national and international R&D projects on heat pipes and two-phase thermosyphons, including micro and pulsating heat pipes, enhanced two-phase heat transfer, micro heat transfer in pool and flow boiling, hydrogen storage, sorption heating and cooling systems employing metal hydrides and nuclear safety (debris bed coolability).

Since 1985 he was professor for “Energy Systems” at University Stuttgart (lecture courses on Energy Systems, Energy Storage, Heat Transformation, Nuclear Technology).

He is on the editorial board of many international journals on thermal sciences and has been and is guest/advisory professor at various Chinese and Indian universities. He has supervised 40 doctoral dissertations and has contributed over 360 papers in the area of thermal engineering.

He is Founding Member of the Committee on International Heat Pipe Conferences (1973), acted as Committee Chairman from 1990 till 2004, and since 2004 he is Honorary Chairman.

Brahmanand Mohanty
Name:Brahmanand Mohanty
Organization:Asian Institute of Technology
Email ID:mohanty(ELIMINAR)@ait.ac.th

Brahmanand Mohanty obtained his doctoral degree in energy from the Institut National Polytechnique, France in 1985. He is associated with the School of Environment, Resources and Development of the Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok, Thailand) since 1986 as a Visiting Faculty, teaching subjects related to energy efficiency and management in buildings and industries, rational use of resources, energy, environment and climate change, and urban energy sustainability. Since 1991, he has been serving as the regional adviser for Asia for the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (Paris, France).

He has undertaken professional assignments for about a dozen of bilateral and multilateral funding agencies in about 20 countries in and outside Asia. He is the author/co-author of a number of journal/conference articles and books on topics related to energy technology, efficiency and management, sustainable urban energy, energy and the environment.