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Money and Power: A Roundtable Discussion on Energy Financing in the CEE Region

The CEU Campus
Friday, February 1, 2019, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Organized by:

  • Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG)
  • Prof. Michael LaBelle, the Jean Monnet Chair in Energy and Innovation
  • The Political Economy of Energy Transitions (POLET) project supported by the CEU Intellectual Theme Initiative (Energy and Society)

Central European University’s Energy Policy Research Group and the Jean Monnet Chair in Energy and Innovation will offer a conference where energy finance in the Central Eastern Europe region will be discussed by high-level panelists involved in the field. Due to legacy energy infrastructure and limited investment, Central and Eastern European (CEE) nations are plagued by fragility in their aging energy systems, resulting in acute energy vulnerabilities at the national and end-user level. Renewable energy and energy efficiency provide can alleviate these issues. Continuing advances in technology and innovation have the potential to achieve these goals by providing clean, integrated, and efficient energy systems that strive will transform the current energy landscape. The effective use of finite monitory resources for energy initiatives and investments is at the core of successful energy innovation and transformation. However, what elements of energy financing yield the best results?


Dr. Michael LaBelle is an Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy and the Department of Economics and Business and the Jean Monnet Chair in Energy and Innovation Strategies at CEU.

Keynote Speaker:

Christopher Steane served as the Deputy Head of ING Wholesale Banking at ING / Barings and is a champion for sustainability in banking: a wholesale lending banker with experience in asset and liability management, derivatives, debt and equity capital markets, and corporate finance advice in over 40 countries.


Theresia Vogel holds the post of Director at Climate and Energy Fund, Austria. Since 2007 the Climate and Energy Fund of the Austrian government has initiated more than 130.000 projects all over country to promote sustainable energy transition. The main task of Klimafonds is to boost innovative climate friendly energy technologies, to speed up the dissemination of new solutions and to minimize the effects of climate change in Austria as well as to generate a sound scientific basis for decision making through  programs and subsidies for research institutions, private households and communities, enterprises and the mobility sector.

Konstantin Geiger is an economist with a background in banking and financing of green energy projects. He works at the Climate Change Mitigation and Emission Inventories, Environment Agency, Austria. Before joining the Austrian Environmental Agency (UBA) he worked at Kommunalkredit. At UBA, he works on the intersection of policy and business.