Prof. Emmanouil Kakaras,
Professor Emmanouil Kakaras is currently the President at European Power Plant Association (EPPSA). Prof. Kakaras gained his diploma in Mechanical Engineering at the National Technical University in Athens (NTUA), and then proceeded to get his PhD at the NTUA and at the Technical University Braunschweig in Germany. He continued his academic career in 1991 as a professor at the NTUA until 2012, when he left on a sabbatical leave. Since 1999, he has been the Director of the Centre of Research and Technology Hellas/Chemical Process and Energy Resources Institute (CERTH/CPERI). Next to his involvement in academia and research, Emmanouil Kakaras was professionally active as an advisor of the European Commission, he became Executive Director of the Hellenic Association of Independent Power Producers in 2010, and then, since 2012, he is appointed Vice President and Head of Research & Development at Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe. He also has a keen interest in European affairs. He is currently a member of the Coal Advisory Group of the European Commission and of the Advisory Council of the Technology Platform on Zero Emission Power Plants and in January 2013 he accepted the role of President for EPPSA.