Who we are

The Clean energy for EU islands secretariat is an initiative on behalf of the European Commission aimed at catalysing the clean energy transition on EU Islands.
The secretariat is managed by Th!nk E, 3E, Steinbeis 2i, DNV, and RdA. It collaborates with a wide range of local stakeholders, authorities, academia, and citizens. Our work will be carried out in close collaboration with local, regional, national, and international partners, with particular support through a network of 8 regional partners.

The Team

Jan Cornillie

Jan Cornille

Jan is project director of the secretariat and working to bring together all necessary stakeholders to explore, shape, and act on their projects. He has a background in Environmental and Resource Economics. He is often speaking at events and representing the secretariat. Jan speaks English, German.

Simon de Clercq

Simon de Clercq

Simon is coordinator of the secretariat and part of the technical support of the secretariat providing guidance to islands on developing their clean energy transition agenda. Simon has a background in renewable energy technologies with a focus on regulatory and market concepts. He speaks Dutch, English, French, and Spanish.

Marina Montero Carrero

Marina Montero Carrero

Marina is part of the technical support of the secretariat and helps islands with the technical aspects of their clean energy transition. With eight years' experience in sustainable technologies, energy economics, and policy. Marina speaks Spanish, English, French, and (some) German.

Antonia Proka

Antonia Proka

Antonia's role in the secretariat spans from coordination to methodological support for the energy transition. She is happy to put her broad expertise at the service of advancing a sustainable and just energy transition in EU island communities. Antonia speaks Greek, English, Spanish, Dutch and (some) French.

Myriam Castanié

Myriam Castanié

Myriam leads the development and implementation of REScoop.eu’s strategy and services, and supports the coordinator on the overall management of the federation’s team and activities. She is co-leading the development and execution of the Clean energy for EU islands secretariat's Energy Academies with her colleague Antonia.

Leen Peters

Leen Peters

Leen is part of the secretariat’s Think Tank on legislation and regulation for islands. With her background in Energy in Buildings and 10 years of international work experience, she is helping to identify relevant policies for islands’ decarbonization and deriving dos and don’ts. She speaks Dutch, English, and French.

Lucija Rakocevic

Lucija Rakocevic

Lucija is part of the secretariat’s Think Tank on legislation or regulation for islands. She has a background in Electrical and Computer Engineering. At the secretariat she works to identify new relevant EU policies and regulations that help islands in their transition to clean energy.

Eelco Kruizinga

Eelco Kruizinga

Eelco is managing and updating the secretariat’s website. He is the website specialist who keeps the secretariat’s online presence running. He also set up the islands marketplace platform that aims to bring islands together. He speaks Dutch and English.

Anna Poblocka-Dirakis

Anna Poblocka-Dirakis

Anna is part of the secretariat’s Think Tank on legislation or regulation for islands. She has a background in Political Science. At the secretariat she works to identify and present a political and regulatory framework for renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and energy communities in the EU islands. She speaks English, German and Polish.

Jorge Rodrigues de Almeida

Jorge Rodrigues de Almeida

Jorge provides help to islands that struggle with financing their projects by matching them with leading  investors. Jorge has a background in Electrical Engineering and Green Finance and over 10 years of experience in energy management, sustainable finance, and consultancy. He speaks English and Portuguese.

Leandro Vaz

Leandro Vaz

Leandro is part of the secretariat’s finance team. He has a background in Marine Science, Technology and Management, and has more than 10 years of experience in research focused on sustainability and climate change. At secretariat, he helps to connect islands with investors or technology providers in order to implement their clean energy projects. He speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Gabi Kaiser

Gabi Kaiser

Gabi manages the external communications for the secretariat. Her many years of experience in working internationally in the field of Communications Management and sustainability related topics are contributing to an intercultural understanding and balanced communication style. She is concerned with all communication related matters, such as the secretariat’s newsletter.  Gabi speaks English, French and German.

Siora Keller

Siora Keller

Siora is part of the Communications Team of the secretariat. She is managing the secretariat’s Facebook and LinkedIn accounts as well as updating news and events on its website. With her intercultural communication skills and international experience, she has strong communication skills. Siora speaks German, English, Chinese, Persian, and French.

Hanna Schäfer

Hanna Schäfer

Hanna prepares and manages all the workshops, forums, and masterclasses that the secretariat is offering. She is an experienced Project Manager and provides technical support during the events as well as preparing agendas and managing participants. She speaks German, English, and Spanish.

Vanessa Mertens

Vanessa Mertens

Vanessa supports the organisation of all the workshops, forums, and masterclasses that the secretariat is offering. She is an experienced Events assistant and provides technical support during the events as well as preparing agendas and managing participants. She speaks German, English, and Spanish. 

Luisa Schmalen

Luisa Schmalen

Luisa is part of the Event Team of the secretariat and supports the organisation of the workshops and forums that the secretariat is offering. She works as an Events & Communications Assistant and provides technical support during the events as well as preparing agendas and managing participants. Luisa speaks German and English.

Regional partners

CRES

CRES

CRES, the Center for Renewable Energy Sources, Greece, is the Greek national entity for the promotion of renewable energy sources, rational use of energy, and energy conservation. CRES is split into five divisions – the division of Renewable Energy Sources, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy and Planning, Development Programmes, and Financial and Administrative Services.

CRES is involved in many projects in Europe, like HORIZON 2020 projects, and nationally. Find out in which European projects CRES is involved here

Island Movement

Island Movement

The Island Movement is a network of islanders and other stakeholders who use their shared knowledge, experience, and passion to support, help, and promote islands and living on them. It is based in Croatia and called "Pokret Otoka" in Coratian. 

The Island Movement is a movement that aims to step towards a self-sufficient island community. This community understands and articulates its needs, is informed about opportunities as well as possibilities for progress, and actively participates in decision-making.

Click here to learn more about the movement.

INSEC TEC

INESC TEC is a private non-profit research institution based in Portugal. They are dedicated to scientific research and technological development, technology transfer, advanced consulting and training, and pre-incubation of new technology-based companies.

As an institution operating at the interface of the academic and business worlds, INESC TEC applies the knowledge and results generated as part of its research in technology transfer projects, seeking value creation, and immediate social relevance. 

Click here for more information.

Politecnico di Torino

Polito

Politecnico di Torino is a University with a strong focus on research. It is particularly focused on the balanced development of fundamental and applied research. The University supports researchers in the preparation of proposals within the EC Framwork Program for Research and Innovation.Moreover, the Politecico di Torino works towards a sustainbale campus through green procurement, using green energy and efficient buildings, etc. 

For more information visit their website

Samsø Energy Academy

The Samsø Energy Academy is the non-profit that facilitated the island's community-driven energy transition to 100 % renewable energy back in 2007. It currently supports the municipality of Samsø to become completely independent from fossil fuels by 2030.

Annually, the Energy Academy receives thousands of energy visitors, to hear and see first-hand the process that led to success. Through international cooperation it reaches out and supports communities around the world.

Click here to learn about the Academy's work. 

University of the Balearic Islands

UIB

The University of the Balearic Islands has four branches, two on Mallorca, one on Ibiza and one on Menorca. Its researchers are working in projects that are relevant for islands like the H2020 project Green Hysland on Mallorca, which works towards the deployment of an H2 system on the island. 

To find out more about the University, click here